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November 2017
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Our Heroes Return Home from Puerto Rico

Our 31 Sanitation workers returned home to a hero’s welcome – with bagpipes and the color guard greeting them at JFK – after being deployed three weeks to assist recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. Alongside Puerto Rico Emergency Management Agency, the US Federal Emergency Management Agency and NYC sister agencies, our team was able to deliver supplies, remove debris and assist in rebuilding all 78 municipalities of Puerto Rico. Watch our heroes’ return here.

2017 Organics Rollout: DONE!


With the recent rollout of Queens Community Boards 2, 9 and 14, 3.3 million New Yorkers now have access to organics curbside collection! See the latest press release on Queens CB 2, 9 and 14 here.

Welcome, New Sanitation Workers, Heroes


Commissioner Garcia just swore in more than 300 Sanitation Workers at our annual Awards Ceremony. We also celebrated promotions of our First Deputy Commissioner, four-star Chiefs and 160 other employees. DSNY and FDNY Commissioners presented the Gold Medal of Honor to Ralph Alonso for his bravery in helping capture a suspect accused of killing an EMT with the Fire Department. See the press release here.

DSNY Walks for Autism


Together, we raised a record-breaking $100,000 at this year’s Autism Speaks Walk. The families of Sergeant Frank Musella and Sergeant Elisa Pritchard (Team Frankie & Leanna), as well as the Ardolino family (Anthony Luca’s Team) proudly walked for us.

Moving Up

photo Arlana Davis has been promoted to Assistant Commissioner for Real Estate. AC Davis began her career at DSNY as a summer Community Coordinator. During her 30 years here, she has promoted community engagement as a key element when considering suitable sites for Sanitation garages. Read more.
Fall Leaves Make for Great Compost

photo Find which NYC neighborhoods will receive fall leaf collection this November and December here.
Take Care!

Stay Active and Avoid Hibernation This Winter

As the crisp weather and holidays approach, it’s easy to stay inside and cuddle upon the couch, yet exercising in cooler weather has its advantages. According to the American Heart Association, lack of heat and humidity helps invigorate and enable you to work out longer and burn more calories. Exercise also boosts your immunity during cold and flu season. Try these outdoor activities:

  • Brisk walking or hiking
  • Jogging or running
  • Raking leaves
  • Ice Skating

If winter weather prevents you from getting outdoors try:

  • Mall walking
  • Dancing
  • Stair climbing
For more information, call the Health Care Facility at (212) 437-4457 or click here.
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In Case You Missed It

photo Chief Murphy attended the JDRF Diabetes Foundation One Walk in September honoring Donna Murphy’s beacon of hope. Members of the Department have donated year after year for this worthy cause, raising over $15,000. Additionally we’d like to wish Chief Murphy a happy and healthy retirement.
photo Commissioner Garcia honored a number of veterans – from each branch of the armed forces – last week to thank them for their service. Watch the event
In the Hopper

African American Benevolent Society 82nd Annual Dinner Dance
96-43 Springfield Blvd, Queens Village
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The Social Scene

From the Commissioner

Kathryn Garcia

More than just keeping our City healthy, safe and clean, New York’s Strongest have an unending dedication to public service.

As New Yorkers, we’re no strangers to natural disasters, and 31 of our colleagues showed their commitment to our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico by leaving behind their friends and family to put others ahead of themselves. Initially deployed for two weeks, our team conducted daily damage assessments that were so valuable that their assignment was extended beyond three weeks. Now, local and federal responders there are using our assessments to better strategize the personnel and machinery needed to help the island recover. I am proud of all they accomplished there – and grateful for our 1,000 colleagues who volunteered for this mission.

Last week, we celebrated another aspect of this dedication to public service. More than 500 of the Strongest – across all ranks at DSNY – have served our country in all branches of the armed services. At a Veterans’ Day event last week, we honored several dozen of them because, as an agency, it’s important to recognize their lifetime of service – both to New York City and the United States of America.

Looking toward the winter months, I know that each and every one of you stands ready to heed the call to serve here at home as the first of the City’s first responders. Now in snow season with night plow in effect, we are ready to help New Yorkers overcome whatever challenges we face – as we always have and always will.

Thank you for all that you do to keep New York City a great place to live, work and play.

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