HERBERT WANTS SANITATION DEPARTMENT TO AVOID TRASH PICK-UPS ON BLOCKS SURROUNDING SCHOOLS DURING MORNING STUDENT DROP OFFS
Brooklyn, NY: Tony Herbert, candidate for Public Advocate wants the New York City Department of Sanitation to avoid picking up trash on blocks surrounding schools during morning student drop offs. Herbert says that the agency should be establishing trash pickup schedules after coordinating with other agencies such as NYC DOT and Community Boards during District Service Cabinet meetings.
Said Herbert, “We need to make New York City a kinder, gentler place for the people who live here and that can begin by ensuring that the delivery of City services does not interfere with our daily lives. Sanitation trucks picking up trash in the morning can cause traffic jams on New York City streets where alternate side of the street parking doesn’t begin until after school starts. With cars parked on both sides of the street, sanitation trucks have no choice but to stop in the middle of the street to pick up trash. One truck can cause a traffic jam that extends for many blocks.
“Traffic is one of the most annoying quality of life issues for most New Yorkers. The City Charter provides us with a mechanism to deliver City services with the least amount of negative impact on the community. All we have to do is use it.”
The City Charter mandates monthly District Service Cabinet meetings at which Community Boards, City Council members and all agency officials with line authority for the district:
· Coordinate service functions and programs of the agencies that deliver services in the community district;
· Consider interagency problems and impediments to the effective and economic delivery of services in the district;
· Plan and recommend joint programs to meet the needs and priorities of the district and its residents;
· Consult with community district residents and their representatives about local service problems and activities; and
· Keep a public record of its activities and transactions, including minutes of its meetings.
Community Board Chairs and District Manager throughout the city complain that District Service Cabinet Meetings are few and far between. Herbert wants agencies to post minutes from District Service Cabinet meetings on their website so the public know what decisions are being made in their districts.
“Our City Charter mandates the coordination between agencies for service delivery. As Public Advocate I want this information to be easy to find. If City agencies perceive taxpayers as customers who deserve quality service people will be more likely to remain in New York.”