News Bill de Blasio announces cleaner streets initiative Mayor Bill de Blasio announces CleaNYC, an effort to keep communities clean in all five boroughs, at a press conference at a Manhattan sanitation garage on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. Photo Credit: Bryan R. Smith By Emily Ngo firstname.lastname@example.org @epngo February 3, 2016 3:41 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email New York City streets will be tidier under an initiative announced Wednesday by Mayor Bill de Blasio. The $6.7 million CleaNYC program expands graffiti removal and sidewalk power-washing services in high-traffic commercial corridors and bumps up the city Department of Sanitation’s Sunday and holiday litter basket collection by 40 percent. “Part of what we need to do everyday is show people a city that is getting safer, cleaner, more orderly,” de Blasio said at a morning news conference at a SoHo sanitation garage. The CleaNYC initiative also will increase highway shoulder and ramp cleanup. It will begin in April and cost $4.2 million in expense funds and $2.5 million in capital funds in the upcoming fiscal year. By Emily Ngo email@example.com @epngo Emily Ngo covers the White House and national politics for Newsday, having followed President Donald Trump to Washington, D.C., after following him on the campaign trail. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic Dante goes to college and more de Blasio family photosDante de Blasio is off to Yale. Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.