Thursday, October 14, 2021



Several Milestones Achieved in First Six Months of New Deal-Inspired Economic Recovery Program 

 Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced that the City Cleanup Corps has hand-swept over 50,000 blocks, among several milestones achieved within six months of the program’s launch.  

Since April 2021, Mayor de Blasio’s New Deal-inspired economic recovery program has also removed 600,000 bags of trash, hosted 400,000 work shifts, repainted 900 defaced properties, and cleaned 25,000 rain gardens, among efforts to revitalize and refresh public areas in neighborhoods across the five boroughs. 

“City Cleanup Corps was created not only as an opportunity to get hard-working New Yorkers back on their feet, but also to fortify our commitment to the City's neighborhoods and communities,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “With over 50,000 blocks cleaned, thousands of pounds of litter removed, and many other milestones met, City Cleanup Corps members are creating a clear, lasting impact that is being felt by New Yorkers and revitalizing the streets, parks, and public spaces that make our City great."  

“I congratulate the members of the City Cleanup Corps on reaching the milestone of 50,000 blocks hand-swept, among other milestones, as the Corps reaches its six-month anniversary,” said Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives Phil Thompson.  “The City Cleanup Corps is fostering an economic recovery by refreshing and revitalizing our city while also providing job opportunities for 10,000 New Yorkers.  The Corps will also help build a recovery for all of us by providing transformative career preparation opportunities for Corps members, who are predominantly from communities identified by the Task Force on Racial Inclusion and Equity.” 


“City Cleanup Corps members are helping to lead a ground-up economic recovery that prioritizes our communities and public spaces,” said the City's Senior Advisor for Recovery Lorraine Grillo. “In neighborhoods across the five boroughs—from Flushing and Bay Ridge to Brighton Beach, Pelham Parkway, and beyond—Corps members’ dedicated efforts are ensuring that New York City will recover from the pandemic stronger than ever.”


The New York City Cleanup Corps is revitalizing neighborhoods and public spaces across the five boroughs while creating 10,000 jobs for New York City residents. Jobs with flexible hours and competitive hourly rates are still available. Learn more and apply today at Follow the City Cleanup Corps on Instagram and Facebook.


In response to Hurricane Ida, City Cleanup Corps members helped New Yorkers across the five boroughs clear debris from their residential properties damaged by the storm.


“The efforts of the City Cleanup Corps have been instrumental in storm cleanup, pandemic recovery and the revitalization of our city,” said Department of Sanitation Commissioner Edward Grayson. “On behalf of the nearly 10,000 NYC Sanitation employees who work hard to pick up 12,000 tons of residential refuse every day, I thank the City Cleanup Corps for their partnership in our shared mission of keeping our city clean and safe for all.”


“We are proud to work with NYC Cleanup Corps as they provide vital maintenance services to Open Streets locations, plazas, and other public spaces,” said Department of Transportation Commissioner Hank Gutman. “Public spaces make our communities vibrant, and we thank NYC Cleanup Corps for keeping them that way with daily maintenance services, horticultural care, and as public space ambassadors.”


"In just six months, the City's Cleanup Corps have proven to be an invaluable asset as we work towards recovery throughout the five boroughs, and especially in the neighborhoods hardest hit by the pandemic. Parks did its part and hired 3,200 of the 10,000 Cleanup Corps members and it proved to be a worthwhile investment. Over this past summer, they were instrumental in keeping our greenspaces clean and making our parks inviting spaces for New Yorkers and visitors alike to enjoy," said NYC Parks Commissioner Gabrielle Fialkoff. "As the CCC celebrates this milestone of hand sweeping 50,000 blocks, allow it to serve as a reminder of what we can achieve when we work together to beautify and preserve the communities we serve." 


“The City Cleanup Corps has been a terrific help in ensuring the City’s drainage infrastructure is operating as efficiently as possible,” said Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Vincent Sapienza. “The Cleanup Corps has helped to clear trash and debris from catch basins and curbside rain gardens across the city. This is an important reminder that all New Yorkers can play a part in making New York a more livable city and support our drainage system by not littering on our streets.”


“DYCD and our funded community-based organizations are proud to be part of the City Cleanup Corps and its efforts to bring New York back from the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn. This is truly a win-win: the City’s hardest hit communities are being beautified one block at a time, and thousands of young people are benefiting from paid work, with an emphasis on high schoolers who need the most support and opportunities. DYCD looks forward to launching the new Work, Learn & Grow Environmental Corps in November, which will provide youth with work readiness, career exploration and training, with a focus on environmental justice and the City’s ongoing recovery,” said Department of Youth & Community Development Commissioner Bill Chong.


“New Yorkers continue to show their willingness to help their neighbors disaster after disaster. This is a testament to the spirit of resiliency and community throughout New York City. Programs like the New York City Cleanup Corps are a great complement to the emergency preparedness plans available to New Yorkers prior, during and after emergencies,” said Emergency Management Commissioner John Scrivani. “The response and outpouring of assistance for the residents impacted by the devastating floods due to Hurricane Ida is just another example of that sense of community.”


"The Cleanup Corps has allowed the Department of Probation and our Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NeON) to pay hundreds of young people to beautify and clean up New York City, giving back to their communities. We applaud our Corps members, who are from some of the neighborhoods hardest hit by Covid-19, for stepping up and being part of the recovery and rebuilding of New York City," said Department of Probation Commissioner Ana M. Bermúdez Esq.


“The NYPD is a proud government partner in the recovery efforts ongoing across all five boroughs of our city. Our dedicated men and women officers work tirelessly to support city residents in these cleanup efforts that are integral to our common good,” said Police Commissioner Dermot Shea.


"The amazing work of the City Cleanup Corps has played, and continues to play, a critical role in New York City's recovery efforts," said the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment Commissioner Anne del Castillo. "By creating clean spaces, and revitalizing communities hardest hit by the pandemic, we can welcome back locals and visitors alike to once again enjoy everything the greatest city in the world has to offer."


“The City Cleanup Corps team has been instrumental in helping revitalize the City’s hardest-hit neighborhoods and helping our immigrant communities get back on their feet after Ida,” said Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs Commissioner Raquel Batista. “We congratulate the team on their milestones and encourage New Yorkers to be a part of this initiative and take full advantage of the current job opportunities.”


“We are proud of our CleaNYC and Graffiti Free NYC programs, which employ hardworking men and women and improve our neighborhoods and public spaces. Our continued economic recovery depends on providing New Yorkers with quality jobs, which programs like these create, while improving the quality of life for all New Yorkers,” said New York City Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Rachel Loeb.


“NYCHA campuses are interwoven throughout New York City, and the City Cleanup Corps Initiative plays an indispensable role in keeping our public spaces clean,” said NYCHA Chair & CEO Greg Russ. “Today’s milestone is a shining example of the transformations that can come when you engage residents in the sustainability and future of their communities.”


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