Thursday, 29 Oct 2020

The Bronx and Manhattan have NYC’s dirtiest streets: mayoral scorecard

The Bronx and Manhattan rank the lowest on a mayoral scorecard for the cleanliness of city streets, as garbage has piled up in the boroughs following $100 million in cuts to the Sanitation Department.

“This isn’t a surprise. Every day, Bronxites see and live with the results of City Hall’s divestment in the sanitation and quality of life in our borough,” Councilman Mark Gjonaj told The Post Thursday.

“I appreciate that our city is facing a fiscal shortfall, but now is not the time to cut and run on the basic needs of the communities that need us most,” the Bronx Democrat said. His office has started working with local groups to clean the continuously trash-strewn area around the 6 train stop on Westchester Avenue at the intersection of Buhre and Crosby avenues.

An official mayoral report of “acceptably clean city streets” showed declines across the five boroughs in July compared to the same time last year — and only slight improvements in August. September’s figures are not available until the end of next month.

The dirtiest borough in July was The Bronx — with just 85.6 percent of streets ranking as “acceptably clean” compared to 97.3 percent in 2019. Just over 90 percent of Manhattan roadways got a passing grade in July, compared to over 96 percent last year.

The next filthiest boroughs were Brooklyn followed by Queens and then Staten Island.

State Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) snapped a photo of a pile of cardboard boxes, broken furniture and garbage bags overflowing onto the street outside his district office on 14th Street and Eighth Avenue Thursday morning.

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