Yonkers City Councilwoman Joan Gronowski, one of among only a few city politicians with integrity and guts, is demanding that Mayor Phil Amicone do something about all the garbage that’s been piling up on the streets– the result of a deliberate work slown-down by public works employees.
Because of budget cuts, the city has cut garbage pickups to once a week. But many residents haven’t had their garbage picked up at all over the past two weeks. This has been attributed to delays in adapting to new schedules as well as the work slow down.
“This situation is totally unacceptable and it is shameful,” Gronowski said today, noting that the city’s quality of life has been sacrificed to “extras” such as city cars, cell phones, free parking, a downtown waterfront development sub-agency with more than $320,000 in annual salaries.
“All of these egregious situations still exist and are slaps in the face to the taxpayer,” she said.
The councilwoman heard numerous reports from constituents that sanitation employees have been taking two and three hour breaks, and only selectively pick up garbage from some streets while ignoring other blocks.
Citing the severe health risk this poses, she called on the mayor to take action to rectify the situation before it turns into a full-fledged crisis.