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Debris Piles Onto Mounting Resident Frustration

East Chester Street. Credit: Carole Salowitz
East Chester Street. Credit: Carole Salowitz
Renae Peita lives on Kentucky Street and says she has not seen a single garbage truck roll down her block since Superstorm Sandy ravaged Long Beach Oct. 29.

Glass, nails, furniture and other garbage is clogging her sidewalks and roadway, Peita said.

"The debris from people's homes is making our street almost impassable," she wrote on the Long Beach Patch Facebook page. "It is both a health and a safety concern."

Slowed sanitation pickup within the city has several residents concerned about public safety.

According to the Citizens for Long Beach NY Facebook page, "sanitation has clearly not been actively picked up on many small streets like New Hampshire Street, Florida, Indiana."

Mercy McQuade said that there has been no garbage pick since the storm at Magnolia Boulevard between Park Avenue and the Rec Center either.

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However, Gordon Tepper, director of communication for the City of Long Beach, contends that garbage has been picked up everywhere at least once since the storm.

"The mandatory evacuation order remains in effect, and residents should not be here putting out garbage," he added. "We are bringing out every truck possible from across the region to assist in our cleanup efforts."

The city is not responsible for, or able to, take construction and demolition debris material.

"This includes wall boards, flooring, moldings, carpets, drywall, and paneling," Tepper said. "Those items are covered by homeowner's insurance."

According to daily updates provided by the city, "Crews are picking up debris, bagged and bulk items 7 days a week; leave trash at curb."

Gary Green November 12, 2012 at 08:10 PM
There hasn't been a single pickup on New Hampshire Street since the storm. My refrigerator garbage is still sitting in front of my house and is now creating a public health hazard. If a garbage truck can make it down a one way street in the West End twice a week, it can do it now. Why hasn't this happened?
Larry Schlossberg November 12, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Garbage has not been icked up on East Fulton St since the storm. Somebody in City Hall should drive down these streets.
ed November 12, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Someone should tell Gordon Temper that homeowners insurance does NOT cover debis removal from flood damage.
toolittle November 12, 2012 at 10:31 PM
We definitely need more trucks for debris removal. Maryland Avenue looks like a third world country and we are planning on bringing our two young kids home finally this weekend. I beg the city to do all they can to remove all garbage by this weekend as cars will start to return and block any efforts to collect the debris. Getting rid of all the garbage including construction debris will greatly improve this town's morale !!! Please ???
Marie Romm November 13, 2012 at 05:15 AM
There has been no pickup at all where I live so I have no idea what Mr. Tepper is saying.
ADNK November 13, 2012 at 07:35 AM
HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE??? Seriously? The town MUST address the piles of contaminated carpeting. Are individual homeowners expected to hire the heavy equipment that will be required to remove this? Sorry Mr. Tepper. That was an ill-considered and unacceptable response.
yesenia November 13, 2012 at 07:49 AM
This is also an issue for Wisconsin St, I'm on a narrow block and the parking side is covered with trash, you cant park without hitting a dresser. Its spilling onto the road. My home is on the opposite side and am unable to put out anymore garbage on the sidewalk without it causing to fall into the street. I've been waiting all week for a garbage truck to come by and remove some of this trash, but no one has showed... We need to put out more garbage but am running out of room. It holding up progress in trying to get rid of damaged materials in home. Soon there will be no places to park or a road to drive up.
queenskid November 13, 2012 at 08:16 AM
I live on Washington Boulevard between Park Avenue and W. Chester. I have not had one pickup since the storm. This has created a public health emergency. I have tried to get into city Hall to see our great manager, but couldn't get in. I have stopped off at the office of Sanitation and spoke with them. What is their problem? I'm disgustged with them and remember our taxes will be going up 51% over the next 3 years for this great service and probably half the population.
lbny11561 November 13, 2012 at 08:20 AM
From the beginning of this Sandy disaster the LB officials have been totally incompetent, at best, and with a complete lack of leadership. If it wasn't for FEMA this city would be in 10 times worse shape. The regular City workers have been doing the best they can under the circumstances (many above and beyond) and these workers have to worry about their own homes and families. Communication to residents was through internet and phone notification which is unreal since most people were (and many still are) without power. There were signs on main roads to alert people (for example not to flush toilets) -what if you have no car or are unable to leave your house-how were these people to know? There was only 1 garbage pick up on my block (W. Walnut) since the storm. At least get the regular garbage picked up. Mr. Tepper seems to be a complete moron-just like the rest of the officials in this city.
delete me November 13, 2012 at 08:50 AM
LBNY11561-- why are you ragging on our officials? You clearly had an agenda before the hurricane and are using this disaster for your own benefit. Also LBNY11561- there was an evacuation so what part of the communication process did you not grasp when typing "what if you have no car or are unable to leave your house"?
Me November 13, 2012 at 09:31 AM
I also live on NH Street and we saw one garbage truck the morning after the storm and haven't seen anything since. Have repeatedly made calls to city hall and sanitation but nothing getting done. It is an absolute hazard and disgrace my rotten food from the refrigerator and freezer has been sitting at the curb for two weeks now. Haven't even started with debris yet as no where to put it. LB ask FEMA ask National Guard ask the County ask whoever but get some assitance here this is ridiculous and when somebody gets hurt it is your fault. You told people to put it out insisting they are picking up secvn days a week so you the city (meaning us the taxpayers) are going to have to pay when someone gets hurt. Stop the lies to the media and do your job!
eileen November 13, 2012 at 09:44 AM
Dont understand why long beach can't contract town of hempstead to do garbage pick up. I have a home in lido and business in west end. Lido garbage is gettin pick up 2-3 times a day. WEST END HAS BEEN FORGOTTEN. ITS DISGACEFUL!
eileen November 13, 2012 at 09:47 AM
TOWN OF HEMPSTEAD IS TAKING ALL DEBRIS MR TEPPER.
Gary Green November 13, 2012 at 10:19 AM
Awesome, the point is that evac or not, now all of us are returning to empty refrigs, etc. with dangerous food spoilings and there is no disposal available. This isn't about politics, it's about maintaining the public health and safety. Gov. Cuomo issued an executive order mandating that garbage be picked up and disposed of, maybe it is now time for the State or the National Guard to begin this task. It is unsafe and dangerous, and let's not even start to talk about the fire hazard on many of these streets.
Tracey Morgan November 13, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Our fearless leaders have shown absolutely no competence nor semblence of leadership during this crisis. This is just another instance of their incompetence and inability to "get it"!! Write to Gov Cuomo and eventaully Mr Schnirmann et al will have to answer for this.
Me November 13, 2012 at 01:48 PM
They don't even have the decency, or maybe the guts, to come and see it for themselves It would be ptchforks and torches if they did!
Anna Antonacci November 13, 2012 at 02:07 PM
I hear the folks that bribed garbage men have no trash whatsoever in front of thier homes. I live on Kentucky next to Renae and the garbage is getting higher than some of the single floor homes. You can't drive down the street and the air quality is seriously compromised. We are going to be a breeding ground for a new disease soon. I've emailed everyone in the city office. Something needs to be done immediately!
Brendan November 13, 2012 at 04:02 PM
This would seem to be a good time to kick the problem up the chain. If the Jack Schnirman can't handle the sanitation problem, he should ask the county. If Ed Mangano doesn't have anything to solve the problem with, he should ask Cuomo. If Cuomo doesn't have anything to offer, he should ask Obama. But it is clear that the problem needs to be solved and solved FAST. Where is all this "help" that was pledged?
queenskid November 13, 2012 at 06:12 PM
When is the next meeting at City Hall? Long Beach should be out in full force to let this administration know what we think of them.
queenskid November 13, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Are we gong to put them back in office next year? Why does Long Beach always pick these losers who don't know how to balance a budget and just keep on raising taxes? Haven't been able to figure that out. We are like California in this little city - almost going over the cliff with the spending and cronyism. Disgusting.
JohnnyBoy November 13, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Every block has been picked up at least once? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Try coming down the 200 block of West Pine St. The garbage is piling up over the houses with the exception of 2 houses which paid Sanitation workers $350 each to pick up their garbage...I kid you not about that. Drive up to Oceanside...garbage trucks,dump trucks,pay loaders on every block cleaning up EVERYTHING including construction debris. Long Beach is a disgrace.
Carly November 13, 2012 at 08:05 PM
East Bay, State, Harrison, etc. has weeks' worth of debris infringing upon the roads. I can't tell you the pain I feel looking at my neighbors' and my once cherished belongings piled forlornly on our blocks. It's an insult that has exacerbated our injuries, and a damn shame.

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