Southeast Queens lawmakers are taking the gloves off in order to deal with the area’s persistent trash problem.
City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) is backing proposed legislation that would toss litterbugs behind bars for up to a year for throwing their household refuse away in sidewalk trash baskets.
“If you are caught using these litter baskets illegally, you will be fined, and after the third subsequent fine you will be charged and locked up,” Wills said Monday morning during a news conference in South Jamaica as he announced a sweeping initiative aimed at cleaning up southeast Queens.
The councilman said he and his colleagues have been forced to take “drastic measures.”
“Our litter baskets are for refuse when you’re going to and from. They are not for you bringing garbage from inside of your homes, putting it on the litter baskets,” he said. “It is disgusting and it has to stop.”
The councilman said southeast Queens has been plagued by a trash problem for at least 15 years, although the issue has been thrust into the spotlight recently by Joe Moretti, a controversial community activist who documents his disgust with dirty streets — and the leaders he blames for them — on his blog cleanupjamaicaqueens.wordpress.com.
While Wills did not mention Moretti by name, he did make reference to “people always jabbing at elected officials, people always saying things that are negative about elected officials and never seeing the work that we actually do.”
What do they actually do without being pushed to do so? I mean for people other than developers and unions?