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April 8, 2014
Doe Fund begins daily Astoria trash pickups

Funds from Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) to address neighborhood rubbish

by Tobias Salinger

Litter across Astoria will now be swept up on a regular basis, local leaders plan to announce during a trash talk at Trinity Lutheran Church Friday morning.

The Doe Fund began daily street sweeps by homeless or formerly incarcerated people along 30th Ave., Broadway and 31st St. on Tuesday thanks to a $40,000 grant from a freshman Council member.

“We’ll be providing street-cleaning services on some of the most-trafficked commercial streets in the neighborhood,” said Doe Fund spokeswoman Madeline Kaye. “We’re excited to work with the councilman to keep Astoria clean and green.”

Councilman Costa Constantinides is the first to announce funds for the charity sweepers this year — although five other Queens Council members steered $377,500 to the Doe Fund to sweep their districts in 2013.

“In government, it’s our job to find solutions to these problems,” said Constantinides (D-Astoria), who said he has noticed trash bags piled neatly around his district.

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