Borough Park, NY - NYC Mayor Announces Traffic Relief With Upcoming Sanitation Pickup Schedule Changes
Brooklyn, NY - Borough Park drivers can expect to see far less congestion on local streets during morning rush hours when a new sanitation pickup schedule goes into effect next month, relocating the majority of collections to the less crowded nighttime or weekend hours.
The long awaited announcement was made Sunday night by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio at the Bobov dinner in New York Hilton hotel in Manhattan, just hours before a scheduled Department of Sanitation’s Monday morning press conference regarding the changes which are expected to bring significant relief to the area.
Early morning trash and recycling pickups have long been a problem in Borough Park, with an ever growing number of school buses impeded by slow moving sanitation trucks forced to crawl through local streets as previously reported on VIN News (bit.ly/1QEqkHU ).
The changes will take effect on April 6th, with one of two weekly trash pickups in the majority of the Borough Park area shifted to Saturdays. Recyclable pickups, also currently scheduled for the morning hours, will be changed to the evening, further minimizing the number of trucks on local streets during busy school pickup times.
Dinner participants responded enthusiastically to de Blasio’s request for a standing ovation for Senator Simcha Felder, Assemblyman Dov Hikind and Councilman David Greenfield for their continued efforts and expressed his own appreciation to Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia.
The mayor noted that changes to the sanitation pickup schedule were long overdue.
“We love the fact that there are hundreds and hundreds of school buses,” said de Blasio. “That is an affirmation of the victory of the Jewish people over hatred. It is an affirmation of survival and strength. We love those school buses. We do not love when those school buses come across sanitation trucks. That’s a bad combination. They just weren’t meant to go together.”
Hikind noted that the number of school buses in Borough Park continues to rise dramatically each year because of the ever growing number of children in the community.
“We have an incredible number of school buses here,” Hikind told VIN News. “Commissioner Garcia came to Borough Park and walked the streets with me. We walked down 13th Avenue. 14th Avenue. She saw what was going on and understood that it was a real problem.”
Having changes made to the sanitation schedule has been a long uphill battle.
“This is the culmination of years of work on behalf of my constituents,” said Greenfield. “I’m extremely grateful to Mayor Bill de Blasio for his personal intervention to get this done. This deal will provide relief to one of the most challenging quality of life problems in Borough Park - morning traffic.”
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