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Announcement of a program for cleaning the city and continuing the drive against litter and dirt in the street. Brief ceremony regarding "C Day" and Lindsay's work with cleaning the city: sanitation commissioner honors the Mayor with "Sanitation Man" distinction. Lindsay receives the award (a broom?) and speaks about the sanitation department, asks all citizens to be a "sanitation man."
Q&A follows. Discussion of budget, responses to budget claims by senators. Comparison of NYC budget to other cities. Federal tax increase. Supporting Rockefeller for re-election. Time off for city employees. Commitment to Vietnam versus commitment at home.
Speaker talks more about "C Day."
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 70545
Municipal archives id: T1080
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I think without it. But. A look at. Just arrive always been well. Let's see ladies and gentlemen. Glad to see you again I have several. Preliminary things to announce are first of all the commissioner of sanitation asked to be here today in order to join me in announcing. A symbolic program for cleaning up New York City and continuing to drive against litter against garbage against. Dirt in the streets what Joker county has to do today has to do with it again reminding our people. To help keep our city clean. Every citizen of our city should be a self-appointed sanitation man. To help make this the cleanest city in the country I think we can do it so Joe you step forward Mike yours. Thanks very much Mr Mayor and jam of the Fourth Estate I have a very brief ceremony I'd like to have you be very much a part of as a complete surprise to the mayor he knew of my announcement for tomorrow but this presentation just prior to the. Actual remarks about C. day tomorrow is a surprise first I'd like to read the proclamation that the fellows in my department are seen fit to have me present to the mayor this morning or for that matter could have been a point any time but this was a very opportune time to present it to him and it read sanitation upon the city of New York where as John V. Lindsay is mayor of the city of New York and whereas his honor is these iris of a clean proud city for all of the people and whereas he is a citizen as a dedicated public official has displayed notable zeal in demonstrating proper use of sanitation little baskets and in soliciting public cooperation with the and a little effort pursued by this department and by the Citizens Committee to keep New York City clean and whereas the aforesaid John B. Lindsey personally has demonstrated physical prowess skill and admirable spin as a ringtone man wielding pan scrape a broom brake. Another tool is employed in accomplishing quote the world's biggest municipal house keeping job now there Farai Joseph County by virtue of the power vested in me is sanitation commissioner the city of New York here by appoint an assigned Jhangvi Lindsay sanitation man honorary first class detached to sweeping juries of city hall and elsewhere in the city of New York and witness where I have here and to set my hand sail this particular twenty third day of August nine hundred sixty six on a domino signed as commission Mr Mayor I hope you will use it well and I hope this will be an example that the citizens who visit City Hall can no longer remember and. And this Mr Mayor if we if we gave you the conventional. It might be misconstrued. And we felt this one when I had my children this one would permit you to get in between the cars and I think and instead of all worrying about getting a different room each time so that you do waste some time and sort of getting your hands set on the broom itself we felt this in time would almost have some grooves where you could readily grab get to work and set the example I would like to have people follow in the various communities. And great I would. Will answer. This will be kept by. What he said he will actually be clean fun as. Well proud city mustn't be forgotten and with that I'm say he ought to be clear. Mr Mayor that. I think good clean fun fun. Real ingenuity. That feeling. Now. I'm Irish My response is that. There's no up. With the crooked handle a broom is no substitute for getting the automobile's not only alternate sides of the straight so that the sanitation department can get in there and clean up the gutters. However I want to say that I'm very proud to be made an honorary sanitation man first class. This I appreciate because I consider that as the chief executive of this great city and as the mayor has an obligation to help clean up the city like every other citizen does also. The Sanitation Department. Does a good job it can do a better job a commission back only as a as and then commissioner too long but he's doing everything in his power to make it do a better job but it needs the cooperation of people that need the cooperation of citizens so I ask every citizen in our city to be a self-appointed sanitation man to make. Clean city. A model for every day. It was a good broom Joe. User of city hall. You know just a few remarks now in the book. Privileged human life. Mr Man Now that I've gotten that bit of levity out of the way I have a little bit of more serious business and it's serious to me because it's a job and it's an area in which much can be done as the mayor has said while we're doing our job we can do it better but we can't do it out the help of a million citizens that work about our city daily but tomorrow is what we've set aside a See day cleanup day in which we will have our clean city caravan a convoy get about the city your notice your release has this particular bus that we've renovated and refurbished eyesore this morning out of bed seven years and it looks pretty good shape that putting some finishing touches to it you'll have a view of it here tomorrow morning at ten thirty right at City Hall Plaza this bus will be information will be in the complaint will be over but we're calling it the sand will be able it's getting bout the getting about into the areas every part of our city containing information pamphlets will have a desk inside with the go around to the various communities taken complains we feel it's important to get our government right down to the local level the pattern has been set since the beginning of the year by the mayor and his staff and we feel less you anyway that people will realize that we mean business this is a serious business because it affects the health and welfare of our people and they're interested in working and living and walking about and a clean city but you know it's like everything else everybody talks about it and it's something that an area in which while the job is being done is never noticed but just as soon as you fall down a bit you'll find everybody on top of you including many civic groups we have the Citizens committed to keep New York City clean and we have many civic groups block associations who are doing their job believe me I know it because every day. We're be seized by these various groups so I want you to know that while we're constantly pounding and hammering away at this particular problem there are people who are interested in working together with us for the improvement of their city not just complaining but doing a job alongside of our the palm and and with the men now this complaint of Bill our Sammul bill will be accompanied tomorrow by different pieces of equipment that are used by us and keep in this city clean it will be followed by a flush or a collection truck and a bulk truck a Wayne broom sweeper and several of our inspection force on scooters this will be a real convoy we don't intend to haul of traffic but we want to attract attention we're going to dramatize it a bit for them our only but thereafter it will be a meaningful effort on our part and getting the citizens to work alongside with us we think we're doing everything that we can and as the mayor said we can do it better but we can only do it but with the suggestions and help other citizens groups we intend to have in our educational training center we have a bilingual we have a number of them but one especially who will be getting about in the communities with me and me when we go into the Spanish speaking areas he will be speaking in Spanish to the people of the particular community involved but we're getting and we have pamphlets into languages so we're getting about giving it in pamphlet form giving it verbal e doing everything visual by means of films and all so we're doing our share but again if ever I call on you to work alongside with us it's this particular time because if we thought we think it's only the one important thing you almost forgot to tell us that several weeks ago I made some T.V. and radio announcements we've sent them out to twenty five radio stations and T.V. channels we hope that they'll cooperate with us and we've gotten some cooperate cooperation from them already and getting the spot announcing twenty thirty and sixty second announcements on radio and T.V. So we're getting the call. Operation from T.V. and radio we hope we'll get it from the news media from the newspapers because tomorrow from tomorrow forward we're going to redouble our efforts in getting this message home if we have never done it before this will be a strong effort on our part we know one fail because we feel the only way you can accomplish something is by trying it we don't think it's too high a goal is said by making this a cleaner city we know we know how other cities are large cities complex like New York of course and we can do the job if only We'll get the cooperation of all groups so Mr Mayor I think I've said more than I should have said what I wanted you to know that while I'm only dwelling on this particular phase of our operation commencing Kamar I want you to know that we have tickets in the form of summonses issued by the police department for these often warnings that result in the side of the street parking violators we're working on some other educational programs too so we want everybody to motorists that pass them by and the people in general to work alongside Was will unfold some of these programs we have from week to week but we've got about a dozen of them on the schedule each week when unfolding as we go along but for this purpose we think this looks suffice and I'm grateful to have submitted me to do this them. Yes. Yes we have our inspection force you know that we've been keeping for the new budget season sixty six sixty seven where reorganizing that so that they will get about with us and these different areas where the main. Impediment to our particular program our efforts is the Alton Silas Tree Park as they impede our efforts we can clean because you know it's our brooms have to sew to get by without actually cleaning the Kurds it isn't because we have the equipment or we don't do our job we have him on the schedule but we can't get out these violators we're going to do it first with a warning we've got that all set up here we will now starting next week a fix these two these particular areas where we have the signs either eight to nine parking for Been or from eight to eleven or eleven to two if that fails our inspection force will take the note of the license number the time and location of following week we'll go by there if that notice didn't serve any purpose and or for example if we'll have some inspection man there if that for example a motorist getting in his car will see this warning sign on his windshield wiper and then discard in the street we have our man that are given the summons for littering the street if he doesn't do that if he does keep it sticking his pocket in the following week forgets about it and does it violates a particular audience again and then we'll affix a a patient or warning with glued to the windshield wiper as has been done so many instances throughout the city and of course if that fails the police department have been alerted to it to this particular program of ours they're working with us in an effort to cut out this violation that's number one. And Number Number Number two is the. Legislation that we're speaking in Albany of you know we just happened to fail right at the very end the season because of the many other pressing legislation tax and so on so next year we're doing our efforts in a to empower our men with the. With the power to issue summonses for violations just now the only the police are from a do that. Absolutely as you know where you go and do what we have first by an educational program Secondly by a strict enforcement program so those are two of the things that Maria organizing entire inspection for is an effort to get them spread out throughout the city and keep a tab on these violators both with respect to littering and then the motorist to obstruct our efforts. Well that's what we're working on now that's what we're working on now we haven't settled yet that's up to the courts then enforce the they will give them some leeway. All right right right OK Thank you Commissioner All right gentlemen of the press but before we get to the Q. and A part of the press conference I just have one other statement I'd like to make and that is my strong endorsement of the bill that was just. Reported out of the Senate Labor and Public Welfare Committee of the United States Senate increasing the minimum wage from a dollar twenty five to a dollar sixty an hour by nine hundred sixty eight this is an improvement over the House bill. By advancing the second step of it one year we think this is enormously helpful to this part of the country it's absolutely essential with in respect of the increasing cost of living pressures in the country and in the big cities and in New York City one way to combat this. Is by a sensible and sound minimum wage structure and the new Senate bill we think is a step forward Secondly it always of course enhances our competitive position minimum wage bill of this kind is beneficial to New York City because when minimum wage standards are set in other parts of the country it means that there's less attraction for. Manufacturing business and and industry in particular to relocate themselves and cheap and cheap labor areas the nation should be at one on this point as near as possible therefore. I as the mayor of the city of New York very much hope that the Senate bill will prevail and that it will be enacted into law in this Congress All right any questions. Which can only go. At some of the answer that in part depends on the pipeline question. On capital construction. We have several We have housing authorities Port Authority. Urban renewal programs going construction of various kinds. And the answer to that question you're always going to get debate on depending on when you measure the pipeline problem. If I wanted to pick a figure that is as near as possible that our own bureau of the budget would assess on this point I would say that on the expense budget which is relatively easy to measure it's five hundred seven point six million dollars and the capital budget and here again this is the area of always controversy three hundred thirty two point six million for a total of eight hundred forty point two million dollars That is for they they fiscal year nine hundred sixty six to seven July one to July one. With Senator Kennedy in Washington very sympathetic to the problems of the city yes I do. Being on realistic record billion dollars the next decade. No what I suggested was that over a ten year period that fifty billion not half a million. Would be. In the area of investment in the great city of New York to make it.