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Hazardous trash pile rapidly grows across from Queens elementary school

Posted: 6:27 PM, Mar 28, 2017
Updated: 2017-03-28 19:06:11-04

POMONOK, Queens — Queens residents say piles of trash have been sitting just feet away from an elementary school for months.

"Furniture, baby toys, and even Christmas trees pile up," said Pierre Brown. His apartment faces this unofficial garbage dump at the Pomonok Houses.

"Now it's attracting rodents. It's a real health hazard," Brown said.

The garbage dump is just feet away from P.S. 201.

"We need more workers out cleaning. This is ridiculous," said Monica Corbett, the president of the Pomonok Houses Tenant Association.

A spokesperson for the New York City Housing Authority tells PIX11 News that "every NYCHA family deserves to live in a well maintained development that they are proud to call home. We’re sorry for not meeting that standard at Pomonok Houses where the garbage situation is unacceptable. Staff is cleaning the area now, an exterminator will be at the site tomorrow and property management is working with staff to improve daily maintenance of the area.”

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