From Garbage to Gratitude, Santino & Rabbi Perl Thank Our Sanitation Workers

Everyone’s heard of New York’s Bravest and New York’s Finest, but what about New York’s Strongest? Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito and Chabad of Mineola Leader Rabbi Anchelle Perl are taking the time to express their gratitude to these unsung sanitation heroes who dare to go where no man has ever gone before. Also present at the event was Councilman Anthony D’Esposito, Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad, and Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin.

“Sanitation is a basic necessity that goes largely unnoticed by members of our community,” began Santino. “They are on their routes at the crack of dawn, enduring any and all kinds of weather, laboring away to keep our community clean. There is a reason why they are referred to as ‘New York’s Strongest.’”

Santino, D’Esposito and Rabbi Perl plan to “Shake Hands” with each and every sanitation worker, giving them all a symbolic gift of a “water bottle filled with gratitude” to convey their recognition for the worker’s tireless efforts. According to Perl, a little gratitude will go a long way.

“If a person has gratitude, he has greater respect for others and it makes for creating human dignity and appreciation. A lot of the problems we have today could be bridged with simple gratitude,” said Perl.

“They’re reliable, they’re dedicated, and they are indeed ‘Hempstead’s Strongest’,” added D’Esposito. “The Town of Hempstead is fortunate to have these exceptional employees.” 

The salute was held outside in the Sanitation Department’s Collection Area at 1600 Merrick Road in Merrick. A large number of sanitation workers were present for the event, each one receiving their handshake, water bottle, and a heaping helping of thanks.

“Public servants hardly get any praise for their efforts,” concluded Santino. “Sanitation in particular is an essential service that deserves recognition. Let’s use today as a reminder to practice Sanitation Appreciation every day.”