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NYC vows to boost funding for litter basket collection

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New York City is finally cleaning up its act.  

Beginning Wednesday, the Big Apple is “restoring significant funding” for litter basket collection — after pickup for public trash baskets was reduced by 60 percent last year, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday.

“It’s time for spring cleaning here in New York City,” de Blasio during a City Hill press briefing.

“This has been an issue we’ve heard about from community members all over the city. Everyone understood we went through a tough, tough time during the [coronavirus] pandemic and resources were tight.”

Last year, City Hall slashed waste basket collection from 736 trash pickup routes run on the average week to just 272 — as officials cut nearly $300 million from the department’s budget.

The latest spending boost will help bring that number back up to about 440.

As part of the partial renewal of services, an additional 100 sanitation trucks per week will be deployed to tackle litter basket pickups, and Sunday pickups will also be restored.

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NYC vows to restore funding for trash basket collection.
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“Sanitation is going to play a crucial role our recovery” from the coronavirus crisis, de Blasio said.

City Department of Sanitation Commissioner Ed Grayson also outlined a new agency program called the “precision cleaning initiative” in which borough-based teams will go out to address “quality-of-life concerns” like illegal dumping “and other eyesore conditions that we’ve seen as we’ve progressed through the pandemic.”

“This new resource, this team will help us be even more nimble as we answer the call for a recovery for everyone,” Grayson said.

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Pickup for public trash cans was reduced by 60 percent in 2020.
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Additionally, a “community clean-up van” will be available to neighborhood groups who organize volunteer clean-up efforts.

“This van will be out there, it is a great asset to help deliver tools. We partner with so many local community groups to do clean-ups,” Grayson said, noting that from March 2020 to March 2021, community clean-ups have doubled.

“With this new asset, we’ll be able to do even more of that,” said Grayson.

Assemblywoman Layota Joyner (D-Bronx) and Councilman Justin Brannan (D-Brooklyn) appeared virtually during the mayor’s briefing and touted the litter basket pickup increase.

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Sanitation officials plan to create borough-based teams to address “quality-of-life concerns.”
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“In the outer-boroughs, especially in The Bronx,” Joyner said, “many of the communities looked unrecognizable” with the lack of services.

“We received many 311 complaints, calls, emails about the deterioration in the community, trash build up,” Joyner said, explaining, “These critical services are deeply needed and deeply welcomed.”

Brannan added, “A clean and safe community is truly the foundation for everything else.”

“And this is another great sign that the city is coming back strong,” the pol said.

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Suspect arrested in fatal Brooklyn stabbing

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Police have apprehended a suspect in the fatal December stabbing of a Brooklyn man, cops said on Saturday.

The suspect, John Headley, 32, also of Brooklyn, was taken into custody Friday and charged with murder and weapons possession for the Dec. 12 knifing of Ken Baird, 37, police said.

Baird was stabbed multiple times in the chest following a dispute on Crown Street near Utica Avenue in Crown Heights at about 6:40 p.m., police said.

EMS transported Baird to King County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, cops said.

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Man dies after jumping from Staten Island Ferry

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A 53-year-old man died Saturday after jumping from the Staten Island Ferry into the chilly waters of New York Harbor, police said.

NYPD Harbor launch officers pulled the man out of the water after responding to reports of a jumper near the Whitehall Ferry Terminal in Manhattan at around 2 p.m.

“He jumped off the ferry as it pulled away from the dock,” an NYPD spokesman told The Post. He jumped off the Ferryboat Andrew J. Barberi, police said.

The unidentified victim was removed to Pier 11 and transported to New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after 3:10 p.m.

A newsstand worker said there were “about 50 or so emergency people” at Pier 11 following a valiant effort — which included CPR — to save the man’s life.

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An NYPD spokesman says the 53-year-old man “jumped off the ferry as it pulled away from the dock.”

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The 53-year-old man was transported to New York-Presbyterian Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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Kemp Lashes M.L.B. as Republicans Defend Georgia’s Voting Law

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Mr. Kemp, who is gearing up to run for re-election in 2022, has striven to re-enter the good graces of Republican voters after becoming a central political target of former President Donald J. Trump because of his refusal to help Mr. Trump overturn the state’s election results last year. A former secretary of state of Georgia who has his own record of decisions that made voting harder for the state’s residents, he is again a key G.O.P. voice leading the charge on the issue.

On Saturday, he repeatedly tried to paint the league’s decision as driven by Stacey Abrams, the voting rights advocate and former Democratic candidate for governor in Georgia who is seen as likely to challenge Mr. Kemp again next year.

Ms. Abrams, one of the most prominent critics of Georgia’s voting law, has pushed back on calls for sports leagues and corporations to boycott the state. She said on Friday that she was “disappointed” baseball officials had pulled the All-Star Game but that she was “proud of their stance on voting rights.”

In defending the law in Georgia, Mr. Kemp singled out two Democratically controlled states, New York and Delaware, and compared their voting regulations with the new law in Georgia. Those states do not offer as many options for early voting as Georgia does, but they have also not passed new laws instituting restrictions on voting.

“In New York, they have 10 days of early voting,” Mr. Kemp said (New York actually has nine). “In Georgia, we have a minimum of 17, with two additional Sundays that are optional in our state. In New York, you have to have an excuse to vote absentee. In Georgia, you can vote absentee for any reason.”

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