Salamanca and Parks announce $424,000 in new park-cleaning vehicle funding

Councilman Salamanca allocated $424,000 in funding for three, new garbage collection vehicles.
Courtesy of Twitter feed of CM Salamanca

As budget cuts last year hammered the Parks Department, trash has piled up in green spaces throughout the borough.

Councilman Rafael Salamanca has taken notice and recently took action to help alleviate this problem. On June 4, the lawmaker announced the allocation of $424,000 for three new garbage collection vehicles.

The vehicles, a heavy-use Kenworth 16-yard garbage packer and two HINO midsize garbage trucks, will  help Parks respond to the surge in trash accumulating in city parks as a result of increased usage.

“When COVID-19 lockdown restrictions went into place, New Yorkers without backyards immediately felt the impact of not having any space to enjoy leisurely outdoor activity,” the councilman said. “Naturally, our city parks became the one-stop for New Yorkers, especially those in low-income neighborhoods like mine, to get out of their homes and see their friends and family in a safe, socially-distanced manner.

Our parks played host to everything from family barbeques, to birthday parties, to memorable affairs like weddings. With all the increased usage, however, trash from these gatherings were getting left behind, leaving our parks filled with garbage in the process. As a result, I knew it would be imperative to ensure DPR had the proper resources to handle the increased demand put on our parks system. Moving forward, these three vehicles will play a major role in keeping our beautiful parks system in the pristine condition New Yorkers deserve.”

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