2013-08-07 / Front Page

Van Bramer Announces Expansion Of Doe Fund To LIC

Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer was joined by the Doe Fund, the Long Island City Partnership, business owners and local residents to introduce a new community initiative to keep the streets of Hunters Point/Long Island City clean.Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer was joined by the Doe Fund, the Long Island City Partnership, business owners and local residents to introduce a new community initiative to keep the streets of Hunters Point/Long Island City clean.Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer was joined by representatives from the Doe Fund and the Long Island City Partnership, business owners and local residents, to introduce a new community initiative to keep the streets of Hunters Point/Long Island City clean.
 This year Van Bramer allocated $65,000 to implement the Doe Fund’s aggressive street cleaning program along Vernon Boulevard, from 50th Avenue to 45th Avenue, as well as along 11th Street from 50th Avenue to 45th Avenue. Beginning this August, Long Island City/Hunters Point will have two dedicated workers, three days a week.
 “The residents and business owners of Hunters Point/Long Island City deserve their streets to be clean and maintained on a regular basis,” said Van Bramer. “Maintaining the quality of life for my constituents has always been a top priority for my office. By expanding this initiative we are ensuring that a street cleaning team is dedicated to addressing their needs for as long as I am their councilmember. I want to thank the Doe Fund for working with us and broadening this hugely successful program.”
Not only will the councilmember introduce a dedicated maintenance team to Hunters Point/Long Island City, he has also secured funding to expand the initiative in Woodside. The program is expanding further along Roosevelt Avenue to 64th Street.
“We are thrilled to expand our ongoing partnership with Councilman Van Bramer to keep the neighborhoods of Woodside, Long Island City, and now Hunters Point, clean and green,” the Doe Fund Founder and President George T. McDonald said. “The councilman’s support will not only help to make Hunters Point a welcoming place to live and work, but will provide second chances to formerly homeless and incarcerated New Yorkers working to re-establish themselves in their communities. The councilman’s dedication to the Doe Fund and the Men in Blue is admirable, and we thank him for partnering with us once again.”
Last year, Van Bramer allocated $31,000 to the DOE Fund which will begin an aggressive street cleaning program stationing a dedicated maintenance team to all streets along Roosevelt Avenue from 51st Street to 61st Street, along 61st Street, from Roosevelt to 39th Avenue and on Woodside Avenue, from 58th Street to 60th Street, including plazas and the surrounding areas.
“Research shows that clean, attractive, well maintained streets increases property values, attracts businesses, residents and visitors and grows community attachment and pride,” said Long Island City Partnership President Gayle Baron.
The introduction of the Doe Fund in Long Island City and its expansion in Woodside is part of Van Bramer’s ongoing initiative to maintain the cleanliness of all neighborhoods within the 26th District through a series of programs which include community clean-ups, the implementation of pigeon mitigation systems currently being installed along the No. 7 Line in Sunnyside/Woodside and the addition of street cleaning services throughout the community.
Services provided by the Doe Fund include:
•Cleaning of sidewalks from the building or property line to the curb and gutters
•Removal and replacement of new liners in garbage receptacles;
•Cleaning out weeds, cigarette butts and debris from cracks in sidewalks and tree pits;
•Removal of all posters and graffiti from street furniture (ex. fire hydrants, light poles and mailboxes);
•Alignment of miscellaneous newspaper distribution boxes at all intersections daily;
•In the event of snow, clearing of catch basins, gutters and pedestrian crossings at street intersections as well as from bus stops within the area being serviced.

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