This Sunday, April 21st, Congressman Michael Grimm (R,C-S.I./Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-East Shore) will be hosting a community cleanup of Gateway National Recreation Area property along Hylan Boulevard. National Parks Service has agreed to provide the legislators’ staff members with equipment to get the job done.
Grimm and Malliotakis recently wrote to National Parks Service advising them that the area has become an eyesore on the community and the agency must do its part to keep it maintained. Natinoal Parks Service will work with the two lawmakers on the cleanup as part of “It’s My Park” Day, a nationwide day of volunteerism to promote community maintenance of public parks.
“Each day, Staten Islanders traveling up Hylan Boulevard are subjected to a parade of garbage and overgrowth – creating a terrible eyesore and safety hazard to pedestrians. Between the city and the National Park Service, no one is taking ownership of the land or the clean-up. The community shouldn’t suffer because of bureaucratic squabbling and red tape. That is why Nicole Malliotakis and I are leading this clean-up effort and invite the community to join us,” said Rep. Grimm.
“Not only is unkempt property an eyesore, it can cause larger problems down the road from attracting rodents to increasing vandalism. Government agencies must be good neighbors and keep their property in order just as any private citizen must keep theirs,” said Assemblywoman Malliotakis. “This really is a quality of life issue. I grew up in Bay Terrace and don’t recall this stretch of land ever being this neglected. I’m proud to join with Congressman Grimm and National Parks Service in taking quick action to get this resolved and hope our government agencies will maintain it.”
*Those who wish to help can meet at 1:00pm at near the entrance to Gateway National Recreation Area (Hylan Blvd. and Buffalo Street). Volunteers are encouraged to bring gloves and garbage bags, as equipment may be limited.