From the Times Ledger:
City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) said fewer pickups of street-side garbage bins have amounted to mounds of trash piling up on borough streets, attracting rodents and causing residents to receive undeserved tickets. In response he announced Monday his plans to introduce legislation to mandate the city empty sidewalk trash cans daily.
“One unfortunate constant in New York City is the blight of overflowing litter baskets,” said Gennaro, who held a news conference with state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) outside his office at 185-10 Union Tnpk. in Fresh Meadows Monday afternoon.
Gennaro will introduce the legislation within the next couple of weeks, and he said the bill would help address the trash that frequently spills from city baskets, especially those along Hillside Avenue, Union Turnpike and Queens Boulevard. These bins, Gennaro said, used to be serviced by a daily truck but now are emptied about two times a week, leaving trash to fall onto the sidewalk and attract rodents.