Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) met with 70 individuals representing every yeshiva in Boro Park to address the issue of sanitation pick-ups impeding school buses in the morning. Hikind is asking the NYC Department of Sanitation to modify its sanitation pick-ups and cease collections in Boro Park between the hours of 7:30 am and 9:30 am. The current pick-up schedule is wreaking havoc for not only residents and commuters, but also for children and yeshivas as school buses frequently find themselves trapped behind slow-moving garbage trucks during school transportation hours.
“Since this school year began, I have received numerous complaints about this situation,” said Hikind. “Baruch Hashem, we have numerous yeshivas and thousands of students who utilize bus transportation every morning; we have more school buses than any other area in the city. Having these children stay on buses far longer than necessary is unfair and unhealthy. Having them walk in late to school is improper. Our government agencies must be there to accommodate our community.”
Assemblyman Hikind also pointed out that the sanitation drivers and workers would be better served doing their pick-ups during less congested hours.
“There was a pilot program in effect the last few years where certain streets had delayed pick up, allowing school buses clear access to children, quicker routes to schools, and typical morning traffic to flow smoothly. A new sanitation pick-up schedule is in everyone’s best interests.”
Assemblyman Hikind will be meeting with the Sanitation Department to make certain that sanitation pick-ups are delayed. “It’s the fair thing and the right thing for our children and our parents,” said Hikind. “I am determined to make this happen.”