This Sunday: Major Bensonhurst Cleanup Effort, Volunteers Needed

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From the offices of Assemblyman William Colton and Councilman David Greenfield:

ASSEMBLYMAN COLTON AND COUNCILMAN GREENFIELD ORGANIZE MAJOR BENSONHURST NEIGHBORHOOD CLEANUP EFFORT WITH HELP OF LOCAL YOUTH GROUPS AS PART OF AN ONGOING“SPEAK-UP! & CLEAN-UP!” CAMPAIGN ACROSS SOUTHERN BROOKLYN

Date: Sunday, September 23, 2012

Time: 12:00 noon – 3:00 p.m.

Meet-up location: Assemblyman Colton’s community office at 155 Kings Highway (between West 12th and West 13th Street)

In response to neighborhood concerns about cleanliness across Bensonhurst, Assemblyman William Colton (D-Brooklyn) and Councilman David Greenfield (D-Brooklyn) have organized another major neighborhood cleanup project with the help of local youth groups on Sunday, September 23, 2012.  An army of volunteers has signed up to help clean up the following areas: Seth Low Park, Kings Highway from McDonald Avenue to Stillwell Avenue, and Bay Parkway from 65th Street to 78th Street. Assisting the two elected officials in organizing this effort is Priscilla Consolo, a young dynamic community activist and college student.

“There is no better civics lesson for our young people than to take ownership of their neighborhood by keeping it clean for all residents to enjoy,” stated Assemblyman Colton. “Our sustained Speak-Up! and Clean-Up! campaign encourages residents to alert us about areas in need of cleaning up while mobilizing our neighborhood’s youth to get the job done. This is surely a win-win for our community,” Colton added. “I am thrilled to work with Assemblyman Colton and our youth groups to ensure that our neighborhood remains beautiful and vibrant to the benefit of Bensonhurst residents,” stated Councilman Greenfield. “I am so proud to be a part of this important effort to revitalize our neighborhood with the help of Assemblyman Colton, Councilman Greenfield, and my friends,” added Priscilla Consolo, who helped recruit volunteers for the cleanup effort.

The list of volunteers include: Members from Our Lady of Grace Teen Group, members from the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, students from New Utrecht High School, students from Midwood High School’s Key Club, students from Brooklyn Technical High School’s Key and Red Cross clubs, students from John Dewey’s Key Club, students from Edward R. Murrow’s Key Club, members from Bensonhurst Cluster Youth Ministry, and members from the United Chinese Association of Brooklyn.

The scheduled cleanup is the sixth cleanup initiative undertaken by Assemblyman Colton’s youth group coalition. Previously, hundreds of teenagers led successful cleanup efforts along 86th Street, Bath Avenue, Kings Highway, Bay Parkway, and Avenue U.

Additionally, the Department of Sanitation and Home Depot have indicated that they will supply the groups with tools to assist them in the clean-up effort. For more information about this clean-up campaign, please contact Priscilla Consolo at priscillaconsolo@gmail.com.

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