Past Features

January 27, 2009 (Vol. 9, No. 1)

Bedford Park Bridge Gets Clean Sweep from Lehman

Buildings and Grounds Staff Members
Buildings and Grounds staff members proudly display their certificate of recognition from the New York City Department of Sanitation.

Staff members in Lehman's Buildings and Grounds crew are helping to keep the Bedford Park Boulevard West overpass litter free. Last month, Lehman joined the New York City Department of Sanitation's (DSNY) Adopt-A-Basket Program, a volunteer effort in which a business, organization, or individual agrees to monitor an existing DSNY litter basket.

For years, the area between the Bedford Park Boulevard #4 train station and Paul Avenue was largely neglected due to a dispute between the DSNY and the Department of Transportation (DOT) over whose responsibility it is to clean the area. Technically, the DOT is responsible, but its solution of tying clear garbage bags along the bridge's fence was ineffective as well as unsightly.

Lehman College became involved when Jorge Mateus, Buildings and Grounds superintendent, called DSNY about recycling bins. By the end of the call, Mateus had signed up for the Adopt-a-Basket program. DSNY set five baskets along the bridge's span and provides bags for the Lehman staff, which collects the trash every day and prepares it for city collection.

Since Lehman's involvement in the clean-up process, the area has seen a marked improvement. DSNY recently presented the Buildings and Ground's team with a certificate in recognition of its contributions to keeping area streets clean.