Daily News from New York, New York on July 11, 1979 · 5
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Daily News from New York, New York · 5

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Wednesday, July 11, 1979
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It Panel otters m mist e alfy mme dean 1 ; V? - , . . Vj 1 " $-?. ? -8 - rj&il - ' " WStkA , r t ''i - - - i! r ' . - - ' - VClK: x 1 Mary DiBiaw Youngsters pitch in and sweep E. 8th St between First and Second Aves. I want to help clean up New York! Please pass my name along to my community board. NAME. ADDRESS . .ZIP. Send to: Apple Polisher, Daily News P.O. Box 2453, Grand Central Station, New York, N.Y. 1 001 7 If you want to become an Apple Polisher in your own neighborhood, fill out the of which are mobilizing volunteers to clean up at the grass roots level. By BRIAN KATES An Apple Polishers Summit Conference, including the leading organizations in the fight on blight and the war on grime, was held yesterday to discuss ways of encouraging the public and corporations to dig in and help to clean up New York. SDonsored . bv the Daily News, the BE AN APPLE POLISHER three-hour meeting brought together representatives of the mayor's office, the Association for a Better New York, the Citizens Committee for New York, the Mayor's Midtown Citizens Committee, the Broadway Association, the Sani-tationmen's union, and the I Love a Clean New York campaign. Setting the tone for the meeting, sanitation union head Edward Ostrowski complained that reduced budgets are the biggest problem. He said personnel attrition is expected to lower the number of sanitationmen from 7,300 to 6.800 by the end of the year, on top of a 40 equipment breakdown rate. As a result, he continued, citizens and corporations must now share more of the burden of a clean New York. John Mulhearn, president of New York Telephone Co. and chairman of I Love a Clean New York, noted that a successful cleanup campaign must "provide for continuity and it must reward those who do a good job and finger those who don't." Letters suggested Sandy Silverman, executive director of the Citizens Committee for New York, added that city dwellers should get to know their sanitation crews personally and write letters of .praise to their bosses when they do a good job. She said they should also complain when a good job is done by calling the Sanitation Department at 925-2310. Noting that the most common complaint her group hears is that there are not enough litter baskets, Silverman suggested that private funding be found to purchase and install "unstealable" litter baskets, to be placed at each end and in the middle of blocks throughout the city. Irving Schneider, a member of the board of directors of the Association for a Better New York, called for a "vigorous" crackdown by building owners on superintendents to insure that the sidewalks in front of their buildings are kept clean. Peer pressure suggested He said that his association would "lean on" habitual violators and suggested a campaign to encourage responsible businesses particularly commercial banks to "apply peer pressure" to other building owners in their neighborhoods. Lee Silver of the Mayor's Midtown Citizens Committee called for a crackdown on private carting companies, which are responsible for pickup - of garbage from commercial accgunts. "There are bills pending now." according to Maureen Connelly, Mayor Koch's press secretary, "which would make enforcement more efficient." Among pending cleanup legislation is the "nail-and-mail" bill, which permits enforcers to tack up notices of violation on a building and to follow it up with a mailed notice to the violator. Gov. Carey is expected to sign the bill. . "ome working their way off welfare By SHERYL McCARTHY Sweeping the city's streets may not be considered :the path to upward mobility, but for hundreds of the city's welfare recipients it may be a way out of a cycle of poverty and dependence. More than 1,000 men and women are "working off their welfare grants by sweeping streets and cleaning lots for the' Sanitation Department as part of the city's public works program. For some of them, the experience may lead to full-time employment. Each worker spends 12 to 35 hours a week, depending on the size of the welfare grant, polishing up the city's image. The public works program, which started in 1976, requires unemDloved but "employable" welfare recipients to work off their public assistance grants in public and private not-for- ftOgr'am profit agencies. More than 11,000 persons are participating in the program. Target areas, too Of the 1,000 workers, 245 are participants in Operation Clean Sweep, a special program that started this spring, under which local community boards may request additional help in cleaning target areas of their neighborhoods. But the program does more than just keep the streets clean. "These people get on the job training that is translatable to private sector employment," says Martin Levin, director of the public works program. ThP nrneram entitles each worker to a 30-day job-place ment session, during which , he or she is instructed in the techniques ;s of job punting and is, sent on job Iryouts. T has placed JOO' people in full-time jobs since 1977. The witness in Bedford case is slain By PATRICK DOYLE and HUGH BRACKEN A key witness in the May 10 slay-ings of four Bedford Hills residents was stabbed to' death last night in a high-security area of the Brooklyn House of Detention. Department of Correction guards said Jeffrey Davis, 25, who was linked to three men believed to be suspects in the Bedford Hills killings after his arrest in a Brooklyn birthday party robbery, was stabbed in the chest three times outside his cell on the 10th floor of the prison. Only five inmates were being held in the maximum security section, authorities said. No weapon was found. Correction Department officials identified the alleged attacker as Pedro Martinez, 33. who was awaiting trial on a charge of weapons possession. The stabbing reportedly followed an argument and fistfight over the use of a television set. Davis, of 109 Reeve Terrace, Plain-field, N.J., had asked to be placed in "protective detention" after Levi Moore, reportedly a suspect in the Bedford Hills murders, had testified last month before a Westchester County grand jury-Material witness Sources close to the investigation described Davis as a material witness with "substantial and important" information about the Bedford Hills killings. Davis was arrested along with Junius Gray. 40. James Allen. 40. and Moore. 29. after the May 27 birthday party stick up. Davis. Gray and Allen were held in $100,000 bail each in the Brooklyn robbery. Moore, separated from the others before he appeared before the grand jury, is being held in S50.000 bail. Possible indictments Westchester County District Attorney Carl Vergari. who has been tight-lipped about the May 10 killings and the progress of his investigation, has said he was looking at possible murder indictments against Gray. Allen and perhaps. Moore. Investigators linked the Brooklyn robbery and Bedford Hills killings because a .32-caliber pistol used in the Brooklyn job was identified through ballistic tests as the Westchester murder weapon. Bedford Hills police Chief Knut Johannessen said tests showed that the pistol was the weapon used in the killings of former Assistant Secretary of State Charles Frankel. his wife, Helen, and two occupants of a nearby house. Christopher Sperry, 21. and his former governess. Nettie McCormack, 84. New Jersey Lottery Pick It: 859 Straight Payoff: $356 Connecticut Lottery Daily: 212 . .

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