NYC streets and sidewalks are filthy, new state audit finds

Bernadette Hogan and Carl Campanile

New York Post

Sep 25, 2020

Most of New York City’s sidewalks and streets are filthy, a damning new state audit found.

Auditors from state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office inspected a sample of 271 “blockfaces” — one side of a city block corner, including the street and sidewalk.

“We determined 189 streets and 159 sidewalks were dirty based on [the Department of Sanitation’s] Operations Scorecard criteria,” the audit covering fiscal year 2015 to 2019 found.

That’s about two-thirds of the streets sampled and a majority of sidewalks.

The filthy findings were consistent across the city:

Brooklyn: Of the 62 blocks inspected, 44 had dirty streets and 39 dirty sidewalks Queens: Of 61 inspected, 47 had filthy streets and 40 dirty sidewalks. Manhattan: Of 50 blocks inspected, 34 had dirty streets and 27 dirty sidewalks. The Bronx: Of 50 blocks inspected, 34 had filthy streets and 28 filthy sidewalks Staten Island: Of 53 blocks inspected, 34 had dirty streets and 28 dirty sidewalks.

The city’s streets were deemed filthy before the COVID-19 lockdown that began in March and only in recent months eased up, and also before Mayor Bill de Blasio slashed more than $21 million for litter basket pickup from the Sanitation Department’s budget amid the fiscal crisis fueled by the pandemic, reducing service from seven to three days a week.