Local reps from city agencies join together to discuss solutions for SI litter issue
Borough President Vito J. Fossella and District Attorney Michael E. McMahon hosted representatives from various city agencies at Borough Hall yesterday to discuss long and short term solutions to the litter problem Staten Islanders encounter every day. DOT Borough Commissioner Roseann Caruana and Parks Borough Commissioner Lynda Ricciardone were also in attendance.
This litter summit follows the debut of BP Fossella’s litter initiative “Don’t Trash On Me” which brings collaborative attention and effort to the fight in keeping Staten Island clean by encouraging residents to join a cleanup, organize their own, or report locations to our office. This long-term campaign also invites city agencies to work together to improve the standards of excellence in the Staten Island community when it comes to litter. Additionally, it complements DA McMahon’s litter efforts around the borough including the removal of illegal signs, graffiti cleanup, litter enforcement and more.
“We are committed to work with anybody to get Staten Island clean. While there are many individuals and groups that graciously volunteer and sponsor cleanups, the hard reality is we need the help of City agencies to do the job right,” said Borough President Fossella. “They have the manpower and resources to resolve our current issues with litter. Fortunately, DA McMahon and I met with the leaders of these key agencies, and there seems to be a strong desire to tackle the litter problem in a collaborative way. It was a good start, and we will continue to keep it in focus.”
“I was proud to join Borough President Fossella to meet with various City agencies all crucial to our fight against litter, and we welcome these continued partnerships to assist in our mission to keep Staten Island clean and safe,” said DA McMahon. “As the summer months begin, we will work tirelessly to prevent litter and trash from piling up in our communities and also hold accountable those who use our borough as their personal dumping ground through vigorous enforcement actions and hefty fines. My team and I look forward to joining forces once again with our partners in the community, law enforcement, and government to participate in cleanups all over Staten Island as we work to keep our streets safe and improve the quality of life in our borough."
Representatives from the New York Police Department, Department of Sanitation, and Department of Environmental Protection were also in attendance. Staten Islanders who participate in cleanups are encouraged to post before and after photos on social media with the hashtag #DontTrashOnMe to be re-posted.
If you see an area that needs cleaning, please reach out to our litter liaisons, or report it through the BP Assist App which can be found in the App Store and Google Play.
Tiffany Arguello at 718-816-2069 or TArguello@statenislandusa.com
Zsakee Lewis at 718-816-2147 or ZLewis@statenislandusa.com