Quality of Life

Recently, the Upper West Side seems to have trash, rats, and dog waste like never before. These are not minor annoyances - they’re real health and safety concerns and they degrade our quality of life.


Over nearly three decades of community activism, Mel has taken these issues head-on, and worked successfully with Community Board 7, city agencies, and residents to create cleaning and prevention programs building by building and block by block.


As a city council member, Mel will prioritize these issues, working to ensure better signage, enforcement, and dog bag dispensers (as is done in other cities) to ensure that the Upper West Side remains a clean and beautiful place to live.


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