Now the title of this news story in the Queens Courier is a little misleading, it it really not Jamaica, since it is covering Briarwood, Kew Garden Hills, Jamaica Hills & Hillside Avenue, which all of that is in Community Board 8 (except the south side of Hillside Ave, which is in Community Board 12 districts of Jamaica). And look at the council memember who meet with Jamaica Hills Partnership & DOS, Councilman Rory Lancman (pretty decent elected official, who actually seems to work). No Councilman I. Daneek Miller (whose area is the south side), no community board 12 members.
Also Community Board 8 President Maria Adam-Ovide is not only hard working, knows the laws well, is extremely knowledgeable and when I have brought a problem to her attention in her area of Hillside (north-side), she responded quickly, contacted the appropriate people with whatever agency it was, took action immediately and resolved the issue in a quick matter of time. For instance, when I told her about the overflowing public garbage can at 169 St/Homelawn, which also had piles of garbage on the corner, she contacted me quickly and in a matter of time, it was not only cleaned-up, but a different time of garbage can was placed and DOS will be monitoring that area.
When I report the many issues in Jamaica to Community 12 and elected officials, NOTHING (except Senator Tony Avella with his area). With the exception of a few times Councilman Miller’s office reached out to me, for the most part none of the elected officials nor Community Board 12 do no contact me nor do they address the problem, let alone in a quick manner. Hence the same issues in Jamaica at the same spots, illegal garbage dumping, junked/unlicensed cars illegally parked by auto body shops on streets and sidewalks, illegal overnight tractor trailer trucks parked on city streets, illegal truck driving of residential streets to name a few. The difference between public servants who care and get things done and out of themselves elected officials like the Jamaica crew, who don’t seem to care and get SHIT DONE.
AND FINALLY someone from the community, Mohammed Shabul Uddin called out his fellow immigrants, who cause this garbage issue, on their shit in the article:
Mohammed Shabul Uddin has been living in the Hillside community for 25 years. His home is a block away from where the announcement took place. “I see so much garbage on every corner,” Shabul said. “When you walk on the street, trash gets stuck on your shoe. When I go home there’s this smell.” He believes that the garbage problem doesn’t solely fall on the Department of Sanitation. “Our community is a new immigrant community and it’s our job to make sure it’s not a mess.”
BRAVO to you Mohammed for speaking the truth and telling it like it is. This is always the elephant in the living room syndrome, especially with elected officials.
From Queens Courier:
Clean-up initiative underway to solve Jamaica’s garbage problem
Elected officials and community members along Hillside Avenue in Jamaica are getting down and dirty when it comes to keeping their area clean.
Council member Rory Lancman with members of the Jamaica Hills Partnership and the Department of Sanitation met at the Northwest corner of Hillside Avenue and 168th Street to announce a $48,000 community clean-up initiative.
“The one thing that is the most important issue for businesses along Hillside Avenue is sanitation,” council member Lancman said. “We have a great partnership with the Department of Sanitation but clearly not enough was getting done.”
Twenty-five-thousand dollars was allocated by Lancman to install 24 new trash cans along Hillside Avenue by the Department of Sanitation after local businesses and community members complained of garbage being tossed on the streets in front of their businesses. Everything from coffee cups to bags stuffed with trash were stacking-up along Hillside Avenue.
An additional 11 trash cans were installed in Briarwood and 13 along Main Street in Kew Gardens Hills. $23,000 has also been allocated for additional trash pick-ups along Hillside Avenue.
Mohammed Shabul Uddin has been living in the Hillside community for 25 years. His home is a block away from where the announcement took place. “I see so much garbage on every corner,” Shabul said. “When you walk on the street, trash gets stuck on your shoe. When I go home there’s this smell.”
He believes that the garbage problem doesn’t solely fall on the Department of Sanitation. “Our community is a new immigrant community and it’s our job to make sure it’s not a mess.”