As part of the program, local businesses that join will receive a branded broom and pan, as well as recognition from the Borough President. Although required by law to clean their businesses and 18 inches into the street, the reality is that many businesses do not. Those who join Operation Clean Sweep will pledge that they will clean in front of their stores every day to help keep Staten Island clean. All Staten Island businesses will be urged to join this program.
“We need to engage more of our small businesses. We don't want to lead with the stick,” noted the Borough President at a press conference at Honor Wines on Thursday. “Small business owners did not create this problem but we all need to be part of the solution.”