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Corey Johnson wants $4M in trash can collections back


5:30 pm shortly after someone threw newspapers in to the can (NY Post), they fell out and lay in the street until the papers were later blown in to a drain across the street. A municipal trash can at the Southeast corner of the intersection of 32nd Street and Broadway in Queens was observed from 3:30 to 8:30 on Wednesday, August 14, 2003. Additionally, it was shot at midnight, for good measure. Original Filename: IMG_7005.JPG (Matthew Roberts)

Corey Johnson is talking trash to Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The City Council Speaker called on Hizzoner to restore $4.2 million in funding for collection of garbage from street corner trash cans.

“No one wants to go back to the days when overflowing trash baskets on every corner was the norm," Johnson said. “We need those baskets emptied more often, not less. Cutting this funding won’t balance the city’s budget, it will hurt the city’s quality of life.”

City streets have cleaned up their act in recent years, with 96% rated “acceptable” or better last year, according to Johnson

Still, the seven community boards with the lowest ratings for clean streets are all in Brooklyn or the Bronx, the speaker claims.

Sanitation committee chair Antonio Reynoso said people want the streets to keep getting cleaner, even if it means forking out a bit more cash. He trumpeted the council’s push in this year’s budget to get funding for New York’s Strongest to make 14,000 additional trash pick-ups per week citywide.

“Our committee is constantly fielding complaints from New Yorkers that there is too much trash on the streets," Councilman Reynoso (D-Brooklyn) said. “The solution is simple: More litter basket collection.”