While riding my bike on Saturday, September 21st, I came across the latest roundup of Jamaica garbage. Although I do have to say that I did not see the usual amount that I normally see and some of the “hot” spots (like the abandoned playground at 109th Ave/171st St) were actually cleaned-up very quickly from me and my comrade in arms, activist Pamela Hazel’s recent complaints. I would say that Joe & Pam’s “CleanUp Jamaica” along with pretty quick action from DOS is working to a certain extent, in no part due to our local elected leaders who have failed miserably on this issue and failed to address it. BUT higher fines, ticketing people throwing litter on the ground, enforcing the litter laws (including property owners cleaning their sidewalks and putting lids on garbage cans), more trash pick-ups and more public garbage cans is still not happening, especially the enforcement aspect.
Here is the latest culprits and we will start with a dozy:
The property at the corner of 165th and 107th Ave, which was a mess with garbage, downed tree branches and a broken down fence was taken care of it after I reported in in June.
The abandoned house at 170-05 Cedarcroft Rd which was a mess on the outside a week ago, was promptly cleaned up after I reported it. Too bad some slob threw a garbage bag down.
It is funny how some people complain about my my language, how I say things like calling Helen Marshal a douche bag, which she is or how I used a photo of a little kid giving the middle finger and the photo saying FUCK YOU GUYS, yet these same people think do not get irate off all the garbage and litter in Jamaica and how it affects the community, property values or get irate about how our local leaders do very little to improve conditions in our community or involve themselves in corruption like Smith and Huntley. See people like Pam and myself we do get paid to do this unlike sanitation or our over payed local elected leaders with their hefty pensions. We do not ask for favors or try to get something out of doing something like Reverend Floyd Flake and other so-called leaders. We are looking for the next photo-op. We do this because we care about the community we live in and our appalled by the conditions that we have to see and live in every single day.
Now how many elected officials do we have in all of Jamaica, counting Queens Borough President Helen Marshall and they still cannot come up with solutions for this major quality of life issue. What, 3 councilmen, two assemblymembers, 2 senators, 1 congressman, 1 community board, others who call themselves leaders like Archie Spigner, Manny Caughman, Rev Flake and the other fifty some church leaders and you still can’t fix these problem, but then hell you do not even address it, let alone fix it, so why would I expect anything other than NOTHING.
But even without any action from these clowns, we are making slow strides, but just imagine what would happen if we actually had LEADERS who worked hard, had vision, really cared about the community (as opposed to what you can get out of it) and took some initiative.