Borough President James Oddo and Councilman Steven Matteo introduced Clean Town earlier this week, an initiative to reduce littering around Staten Island Railway stations. The program will bring more waste and recycling baskets to stations, along with twice a week visits from a cleaning crew.
At a press conference, Oddo stated that the volume of litter scattered around North and South Railroad Avenues was an embarrassment to the borough. But instead of blaming the MTA, he pointed the finger at residents and the continued pattern of littering. Empire State Bank donated $10,000 to the initiative, allowing the New Dorp stop to be the first 'Clean Town' station. Oddo hopes to bring the program to at least one station in each Council district and is calling for the support of more local businesses to help with funding.
There is one question that remains to be answered: how can the MTA be blameless for litter buildup? While Oddo is not wrong about the littering habits of residents, is it really the best idea to use public and private funding to clean these stations up? What do you think?
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