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WestHab Workers Keep New Rochelle Clean

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Working with the Business Improvement District’s Clean Streets Program is more than a job a job for John Fortes, keeping the streets of downtown New Rochelle clean seven days a week could lead to bigger things for him..

The Clean Streets Program provides people a second chance to go to work and obtain a college degree at Monroe College.

The seven-worker team is also like a family, supporting each other while they are in the program as well as when they begin the next phase of their lives.

“It’s a stepping stone to bigger and better things,” said Fortes who will take the necessary steps toward a criminal justice degree when classes begin in September.

The program works in conjunction with WestHab in Elmsford, N.Y., and the city of New Rochelle.

City residents have even come to realize and appreciate the work of the program – the only one of its kind in Westchester County, according to Fortes.

“We’re a constant reminder of the city,” said Fortes. “A clean society is a clean city.”

The crew, supervised by Alfred Burts, helps clean streets, sidewalks, store fronts, parking garages, and parking lots seven days a week from Maple to Echo avenues along with the civil war statue on Huguenot Street down to Webster Bank.

Shifts rotate throughout the week and on weekends, when five workers patrol district streets.

The program shifts work to fall leaf removal, snow removal at crosswalk and handicap areas,   landscaping and sidewalk power washing.

“It’s a partnership between the city and the BID and between the BID and the city,” said Business Improvement District Executive Director Ralph DiBart.

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