Richards announces $220,000 for cleanup efforts in his southeast Queens district

City Councilman Donovan Richards (l.) allocated $220,000 to clean up his district.
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City Councilman Donovan Richards says discretionary funding allocated by his office for the fiscal year 2019 has $220,000 in its budget for additional garbage pickups and other cleanliness efforts for his district. Richards made the announcement in Springfield Gardens last week.

The councilman’s constituents in District 31 reside in Arverne, Brookville, Edgemere, Far Rockaway, Laurelton, Rosedale and Springfield Gardens.

Work on tidying up the district with additional pickups, lot cleanups, graffiti removal and snow removal commenced in September, according to a spokesman for Richards.

Organizations like the Center for Employment Opportunities Works and Wildcat, which provides jobs for the previously incarcerated, homeless or those who were addicted to drugs will provide the boots on the ground for cleanups.

“Commercial corridors are the lifeblood of any community, which is why we must make every effort to keep our sidewalks free of litter and debris,” said Richards. “We also want to provide job opportunities for New Yorkers who struggle to find work because of being formerly incarcerated, homeless or addicted to drugs.”

CEO Works received $165,000 for the additional commercial corridor pickups, which will occur Monday through Friday at Mott Avenue (Beach Channel to Cornaga Avenue), Central Avenue (Bayport to Cornaga Avenue, Merrick Boulevard (Springfield Boulevard to 234th Street, and 243rd Street (Caney to Mayda), according to Richards’ office.

Wildcat was given $55,000 for the snow and graffiti removal and lot cleanups.

“This community has striven and suffered for so long without development,” said Lonnie Glover, President of SpringGar Civic Association. “There’s a lot of work that needs to be done for our businesses and we’re here to help.”

Funds were provided by the NYC Council Clean New York City initiative, according to Richards’ spokesman.

Reach reporter Naeisha Rose by e-mail at or by phone at (718) 260–4573.

Posted 12:00 am, December 18, 2018
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Jr from Bayside says:
Pandering for votes.
Dec. 18, 2018, 11:10 am
THINK from QUEENS says:
BUT cleanup efforts begin with the people who live in these communities. If they just toss garbage/litter on the streets, in the parks, on the sidewalks, etc, what good is wasting on this money on cleaning up, when people's behaviors and actions do not change. THE people are the reasons that so many communities look the way they do with litter and garbage. A complete lack of respect for one's community and surroundings. I mean HOW MANY times has this area had this type of clean-up, which the mess was called by the people who lived there or come through. WHY does this never get mentioned.
Dec. 22, 2018, 9:48 am
bruce jacobs from farrockaway says:
councilman Richards only talks of ex convicts legalization of marajuna streets are packed with people loitering the streets harrassing people selling drugs because of this politcal motivated man he forget about the working person and totally destroyed the rockaways
Dec. 27, 2018, 7:49 am
bruce jacobs from farrockaway says:
the many hotel shelters and homeless shelters that they brought to the rockaways coalition of the rockaways will fight to protect and save the rockaways
Dec. 27, 2018, 7:53 am

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