NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) New York City is hiring people willing to roll up their sleeves to help clean up their neighborhood.
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the launch of the new City Cleanup Corps on Tuesday.
Ten thousand jobs are being created to remove graffiti, wash sidewalks, beautify parks and maintain the Open Street program.
The city says 1,000 New Yorkers will be hired by April and more than 7,700 positions will be posted in July. Placements will be offered at 10 different city agencies, including the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Department of Transportation, the New York City Housing Authority and the Department of Environmental Protection.
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The mayor said the purpose is to help people get back to work while restoring pride in public places.
“We have a lot of work to do and there’s now a dedicated group of New Yorkers going out here and making this city shine, which will speed up the recovery,” de Blasio said.
The mayor said the City Cleanup Team was inspired by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “New Deal” during the Great Depression.
The program will be funded by the latest economic stimulus bill signed by President Joe Biden.