Community activist calls on DSNY to clean up trash-ridden street

DSNY says the street in question has been cleaned 16 times since August as part of their Targeted Neighborhood Taskforce.

Cecilia Hua and

News 12 Staff

Nov 1, 2023, 12:43 AM

Updated 167 days ago

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An underpass at East 174th Street and Walton Avenue has been piling up with trash, affecting the quality of life for local residents. 
Sidney Flores, a community activist, has taken it upon himself to patrol the streets and document cases of illegal dumping; he even made signs to try and deter perpetrators.
At his request, the Department of Sanitations came by to clean up three weeks ago, but it didn't take long for it be littered again. 
"When the kids are going to school with their parents, and they have to see all this garbage, it's not right," said Flores. "I would like to see sanitation police enforcement, get more involved with what's happening and go through this trash and see if they can find the source of where it's coming from."
Flores would also like to see this area be added onto DSNY's collection schedule, so it can be regularly cleaned. 
In a statement to News 12, DSNY says this area has been cleaned 16 times since August as part of their Targeted Neighborhood Taskforce and will be cleaned again tomorrow. Those caught dumping illegally will be fined, starting at $4000. 


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