Daily News from New York, New York on October 16, 1979 · 553
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DAILY NEWS, TUESDAY. OCTOBER 16, 1979 -n tt. S)Iii)(l3 : . 1 - u V ' JaniMMcCraMOailyMm Parks CommiMioner Gordon Davis carries thm broom as he Joins youths in cleanup opsfation at Times Square yasterday. By GEORGE JAMES Mike, 23, off drugs eight months, returned to the gutter yesterday. Only this time, he was there to clean it . Forty-second SL, from river to river, was Mike's story of hope multiplied yesterday. About 250 young people in drug rehabilitation programs used 175 brooms, 75 shovels, and countless trash bags to . clean sidewalks and gutters of more than five tons of litter that was carted away by two Department of Sanitation trucks. ' The massive effort, conceived by the Therapeutic Communities of America, an association of drug rehabilitation groups, . and assisted by I Love a Clean New York Inc. was the first in a series of planned, monthly blitzes throughout the five boroughs, and smaller cleanup efforts by the groups. A news vendor near the 42d . SL library marveled at their zeal: "First time I've seen a half -decent effort made on this street" ' - "Good for the hands," quipped Mike, a husky 6-footer, as he pushed a stiff-bristled broom behind a sanitation truck. . An enrollee in J-Cap, a Jamaica, Queens, group, he realized that his action was more than just giving a hand to the Sanitation Department or even paying back the citizenry for its support of drug rehabilitation services. It was a personal matter having to do with self-worth and belonging. "Doing this breaks your bad image and that's what it's meant to do," he said. "Get a. new. image for yourself. Help you become somebody." , Benjamin Vasquez, 48, program director, of the Samaritan Halfway Society, understood. An ex-addict himself, Vasquez said guys like Mike, when they were junkies, hung out on 42d St "When we were in the street we got it dirty," he BE AN APPLE POLISHER said. "Now what we're trying to do is . clean it" Wearing orange sweatshirts emblazoned with the initials TCA, the men and women, from 17 to 21 years of age, came from member groups such as Day-top Village, Project Return Foundation, Odyssey House, Phoenix House Foundation, Samaritan Halfway Society, Veritas Therapeutic Community. Promesa, and J-Cap. , They heard themselves applauded by -officials of TCA, I Love a Clean New York Inc. and the Sanitation and Parks departments as they gathered in Bryant Park Then they went about their work, like Mike, cleaning up mean streets as if their lives depended on it- routes . . By JOHN RAN0AZ2O ; . . . While New York City remains saddled with unproductive street cleaning routes, Yonkers began implementing a $15,000 computerized plan yesterday designed to cut its 35 routes by nearly a third and to slice its yearly cleanup bill by up to $800,000. The plan involves feeding detailed information about each of the routes into a computer which then determines the optimum number of men and trucks to use. Currently, under a "worker incentive" plan, Yonkers uses up to 90 men and 45 trucks on the routes and allows sanitationmen to head home as soon as they've finished their runs. "We took a survey and found many of the men were working three hours a day," said City Manager Pat Ravo. "This was an 'incentive plan' that had to go. Where it is found there are too many men on the job, they will be phased into other departments." Dmvmloo0d by Frenth Ravo said no men would be laid off. Attrition and reassignment to other city departments would accomplish the cost savings, he said, adding that the plan had the support of Teamsters Local 456, which represents the workers. " - ' - Called the Refuse Route System and developed by the Roma Corp. of France, the plan began yesterday in the city's posh Crestwood section and will be expanded to the rest of the city within the next few weeks. Ravo learned of it at a recent city managers conference wnere it received enthusiastic reviews from officials of two cities where it is in use Dallas and St Petersburg. Fla. Efforts to lengthen many of the 1,000 relatively small street cleaning routes in New York City have so far failed to produce meaningful savings. Several studies of how to make the routes more efficient are under way. Jeivs' praise By BOB HERBERT , ' Attempts by Urban League President Vernon Jordan and other black leaders to ease the strained relations between American blacks and Jews were praised yesterday by the heads of two key Jewish organizations. ' At the same time, black leaders attempted to downplay differences among themselves over the Middle East situation and- the meetings by some U.S. blacks with representatives of the Palestine Liberation Organization. Jordan, in an address to the National Conference of Catholic Charities in ' Kansas City yesterday, criticized the -Rev. Jesse Jackson of the Chicago Operation PUSH (People United to Save Humanity) and the Rev. Joseph Lowery of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference for meeting with PLO chief Yasser Arafat Although he declined to mention ther man by aatriaJorda ttieraetoroedf the meetings as "sideshows " and said. U'czh Is Cavcrifc in Iowa CC? poll Des Moines (AP) George Bush, the . former US. ambassador to the United . . Nations, emerged as the favorite 1980 ' Republican presidential candidate in a straw poll taken at a GOP fund-raiser. - the Iowa Press Association said yesterday. A majority of those polled also said . they believe Sen, Edward M. Kennedy -(Mass.) will be the Democratic candidate. - . ; "We've seen more concern about the PLO's goals than about black America's aspirations for equality." - -. Jordan's comments came on the heels . of similar statements made last week by Benjamin Hooks, executive director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, who urged that relations between blacks and. Jews not be allowed to deteriorate be-' cause of the meetings. . Howard Squadron; president of the American Jewish Congress, issued a statement saying. ?We join Vernon Jor-)dan and Benjamin Hooks (executive director of the NAACP) in their view of the proper relationship, between the; -Hllr a4 ikuiick oiMii..:t:-.. -that isr based on mutuaf ipspect 4 sef--T Indict marshals for payoffs in a phony auction scheme By ROBERT LANE . l and ARTHUR BROWNE . More than a dozen city marshals and auctioneers have been indicted by a federal .grand, jury on charges stemming from alleged schemes to. make and accept payoffs to rig court-ordered auctions, it was learned yesterday. The indictments climax a nine-month probe into what authorities have described as "widespread corruption" in the city's marshals program a centuries-old system set up to help people collect court judgments. ' One has pleaded guilty. : Pending a formal announcement, this morning, law enforcement officials declined to reveal the exact charges voted --by the grand jury, but sources said they were, based en the same kmri if eriinr 4 on" that were brought toJight m earlier 1 ; uiaicimenis oy me samegrana iury."-r ' Those indictments charged one auc-tioneer with perjury and another with giving false and evasive answers when . questioned by the grand jury about brib-; ery schemes allegedly involving marshals. One of the auctioneers has since pleaded guilty to the charges. Sources said the most prevalent scheme was for marshals to pay auctioneers to hold sham auctions of property seized by the marshals to satisfy court judgments. The property reportedly would then be sold to the marshals or other conspirators at artificially low prices and would be resold by them at true value. The marshals allegedly pocket the difference between what they pafet for the property and what they sold it for. . . "The investigation was conducted' jointly by the U.S. attorney's office in Brooklyn and the city's Department ef Investigation.' which 4oticmg the marshal system. 'I -y ' r. r.l U

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