CLEANING QUEENS

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FYI: Mayor Bloomberg announced a program to push business development in Long Island City yesterday that he says puts action behind the city’s rhetorical commitment to build a business district there. The city has contracted the Center for Court Innovation to lead what it’s dubbing the “Queens Plaza Clean-Up,” a beautification effort that will theoretically help attract more development like the MetLife Building at which Bloomberg unveiled the program. Low-level offenders from the area who are sentenced to community service will join forces with volunteers from a Salvation Army homeless veterans job training program to do chores ranging from planting greenery to removing graffiti and picking up trash. AmeriCorps members will work with local business to identify the clean-up sites in a 37-block area around Queens Plaza. [2/26/03]