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Brookhaven picks up 8 tons of garbage

Say goodbye to 16,000 pounds of street litter in Brookhaven.

The town’s Operation Clean Sweep resulted in 8 tons of garbage cleaned up, and the repair of nearly 800 street signs and 230 street lamps across six communities, town Supervisor Mark Lesko said Thursday.

“I think it’s fair to say it was a success,” Lesko said at a town board work session.

The initiative, which began in April, went to one targeted neighborhood in each council district: Selden, Rocky Point, Mastic, Medford, Port Jefferson Station and Farmingville. Town employees spent days at a time cleaning these areas.

Other tasks included trimming trees, sweeping streets, clearing out catch basins and re-striping crosswalks.

Some of the work done included 2.5 tons of trash picked up in Farmingville, 100 notices of violations issued in Mastic and 84 Rocky Point streetlights upgraded to more energy-efficient bulbs.

Operation Clean Sweep also worked with property owners to bring properties up to code — “most of them voluntarily,” Lesko noted at the work session. Notices and appearance tickets were issued to residents for violations ranging from unregistered vehicles, boats on the front lawn, and illegal multifamily homes.

The initiative is part of Lesko’s assault on blight in the town, spearheaded by the town’s Quality of Life task force. “We have really made a difference in improving the quality of life in communities in every corner of Brookhaven Town,” he said in a statement.

The town also set up a community court last year to deal with town ordinance violations separately. 

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