Brooklyn – On Thursday, Councilman David G. Greenfield announced a clean-up initiative with the acclaimed Doe Fund that cleans dozens of streets within his own Council District. Doe Fund is an innovative non-profit that provides homeless people with transitional work and housing.
The Men in Blue, as they are known, are cleaning 13th Avenue between 44th Street and 54th Street, 16th Avenue between 44th Street and 56th Street, Avenue M between McDonald Avenue and Ocean Parkway, Kings Highway between McDonald Avenue and Ocean Parkway, and Coney Island Avenue between Avenue M and Kings Highway five days a week.
“I am thrilled that this community clean-up program is now in full force. As a Councilman, one of my most important focuses is in quality of life. Streets in our community are dirtier than ever. With this investment we are already seeing noticeably cleaner streets. The Doe Fund’s incredible impact is twofold: beautifying our streets while also helping reduce unemployment,” said Councilman Greenfield.
Greenfield launched the city-wide effort known as NYC Cleanup securing over $3.5 million for the City Council’s 51 members to promote cleaner streets in their respective districts. Each member is allocated funding to distribute to the organization of their choice to provide cleaning services.
“We offer a pathway. We put long-term unemployed people to work. People with barriers. Let’s face it, our economy has shifted, so people need to be retrained and they can’t live if we don’t have transitional employment. So New York City in my humble opinion should thank the heavens for people like Councilman Greenfield,” lauded the Founder of the Doe Fund, George McDonald.
“A clean district is what drives business. People feel walking in the streets, shopping in the streets and I thank you, Councilman Greenfield, and I thank all the hard working people of Doe Fund,” said District Manager, Barry Spitzer.
The Councilman has previously financed programs to improve conditions and cleanliness along the major commercial corridors throughout the 44th district. In Fiscal Year 2014, he targeted the commercial strips of 13th, 16th, and 18th avenues in Borough Park, with a pilot program that was run by Midwood Development Corp’s Project Sweep. Councilman Greenfield also sponsored a number of clean streets initiatives in past years, including one concentrated on Bay Parkway.