Not In My Backyard Community Cleanup Initiative creates change in Flatbush / East Flatbush


On Saturday, October 10, 2020, Anthony Beckford, City Council Candidate of the 45th District who is also the President of Black Lives Matter Brooklyn was joined by his team, along with community members, the Department of Sanitation, and local small business DPH Property Maintenance Service for Beckford’s “Not in My Backyard Community Cleanup” Initiative.

“Before Covid, there were disparities that our community endured. Due to the recent City Council Budget Vote, sanitation’s budget was cut by $100 Million, which minimized service and allowed Farragut Road’s the already problematic area between Utica Avenue and Kings Highway to go untouched and for illegal dumping to go unchecked.

Recently Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams helped to put a spotlight on the issue.  I want to thank the Department of Sanitation for removing the heavy debris on Friday, which allowed my crew and me to do a thorough cleaning of that area on Saturday during my “Not in My Backyard Community Cleanup” Initiative. I will be expanding this cleanup to various district parts and welcome all community members to get involved. I will also be working with various community members who have volunteered to help monitor areas like the Farragut Corridor to catch the illegal dumpers, hold them accountable, and continue our mission in beautifying our community. I am also setting up meetings to find a way to transfer ownership of the abandoned, burned-out Qualimaxx Car Wash to the city so that the community can decide on whether they would like a community center, senior center, or 100% Affordable Low-Income Housing to be developed there.” – Anthony Beckford.

*Anthony Beckford is a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, Community Leader, Organizer, Elected Democratic Kings County Committee Member, President of Black Lives Matter Brooklyn, Civil Rights Advocate of New York City, and City Council Candidate for the 45th District.


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