New York City Department of Sanitation
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Flag of the DSNY
|Jurisdiction||New York City|
125 Worth Street|
New York, NY
|Motto||New York's Strongest|
7,200 uniformed sanitation workers and supervisors|
2,041 civilian employees
The New York City Department of Sanitation is the largest sanitation department in the world, with 7,201 uniformed sanitation workers and supervisors, 2,041 civilian workers, 2,230 general collection trucks, 275 specialized collection trucks, 450 street sweepers, 365 salt and sand spreaders, 298 front end loaders, and 2,360 support vehicles. It handles over 12,000 tons of residential and institutional refuse and recyclables a day. It has a uniformed force of unionized sanitation workers (Local 831 USA of the Teamsters). Its regulations are compiled in Title 16 of the New York City Rules.
There are nine uniformed titles in the New York City Department of Sanitation.
From highest to lowest, the uniformed titles are described by Civil Service Title, Rank and Departmental colloquialism;
|General Superintendent Level V (Director)|
|General Superintendent Level IV (Chief)|
|General Superintendent Level III (Assistant Chief)|
|General Superintendent Level II (Deputy Chief)|
|General Superintendent Level I (Superintendent)|
The New York City Department of Sanitation has its own Law Enforcement force that is currently composed of four specialized units:
- The Uniformed New York City Department of Sanitation Police force
- The Illegal Dumping Task Force
- The Permit and Inspection Unit
- The Environmental Enforcement Unit
Officers designated by the Sanitation Police as peace officers, as provided for in New York State Criminal Procedure Law Section 2.10, subsection 59, are granted limited powers of arrests.
Bureaus and Units
BCC: Bureau of Cleaning and Collection
The Bureau of Cleaning and Collection is responsible for collecting recycling and garbage, cleaning streets and vacant lots, and clearing streets of snow and ice. BCC assigns personnel and equipment to standard routes while managing the weekly allocation of personnel to address litter and illegal dumping.
The Cleaning Office oversees the removal of litter and debris from city streets, collects material for recycling and garbage from public litter bins and coordinates with Derelict Vehicle Operations to remove abandoned vehicles. The Lot Cleaning Unit cleans vacant lots and the areas around them, and around city-owned buildings in order to meet the city's Health Code standards.
The Collection Office oversees regularly scheduled recycling and garbage collection services to the city's residential households, public schools, public buildings, and many large institutions
SWM: Solid Waste Management
The Solid Waste Management Bureau is responsible for the disposal of all municipal solid waste and recyclables managed by DSNY, and for long-term waste export programs. The bureau consists of Solid Waste Management Engineering, the Export Contract Management Unit, marine and land-based transfer stations, and the Fresh Kills landfill and long-term export programs.
The Export Contract Management Unit handles DSNY contracts with private vendors who operate municipal solid waste disposal facilities, including transfer stations and waste-to-energy plants. DSNY also has city-owned and operated transfer stations.
Solid Waste Management Engineering is principally responsible for the design, construction, closure and post-closure care, and end-use development of the 2,200-acre Fresh Kills landfill. It also develops and implements long-term waste export programs and the city's Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan for 2006–2025 and the Solid Waste Management Plan Final Environmental Impact Statement.
BIT: Bureau of Information Technology
The Bureau of Information Technology manages all aspects of computing and technology for DSNY, including networks, databases, software, devices, and technical support.
The bureau designed the Sanitation Management Analysis and Resource Tracking (SMART) system, a web-based mobile system that provides DSNY field forces with digital operations, scheduling, and reporting technology, and gives DSNY management instant access to real-time operational information. It is integrated with citywide systems such as GIS mapping services, fleet management, building management, human resources, and purchasing and financial applications.
BOO: Bureau Operations Office
The Bureau Operations Office is DSNY's primary communications center, handling interagency and intra-agency communications. To ensure efficient communications, the radio room maintains and monitors citywide radio communications, equipment repair, upgrades, maintenance, and inventory.
The Bureau oversees all DSNY facilities, administers the expense budget, and controls fuel and lubricant inventories, as well as tools and supplies for citywide use. It also plans and directs citywide snow operations, including staffing plans, maintaining the fleet of snow fighting equipment, and maintaining an inventory of salt and calcium chloride to cover the needs of the snow season.
The Bureau's Equipment and Facilities Unit works closely with Support Services to make sure that DSNY facilities receive constant monitoring, repairs, renovation, and emergency intervention. The Bureau works closely with the Real Estate Division to properly plan for new facilities from an operational standpoint.
OMD: Operations Management Division
The Operations Management Division provides statistical review and analysis for evaluating DSNY's managerial and operational performance, including, most recently, a comprehensive review and sweeping redevelopment of the methodology used for citywide snow clearing operations. The division provides performance results to executive staff, field managers, and the public, to provide insight into organizational performance and help evaluate future initiatives. OMD also develops all departmental forms and provides reprographic services for the agency.
DSNY's Enterprise Geospatial Program Management Office, established in 2014, adds additional rigor to Operations Management functions by enabling and promoting purposeful geospatial data consumption and analysis throughout the agency, as well as the innovative technologies that make them possible. Its core objectives are to:
- Develop and maintain centralized and authoritative geospatial data stores and guarantee their integrity, accuracy and security
- Make geospatial data widely available and accessible across the agency via delivery through a combination of cutting-edge web applications and database technologies
- Provide leadership to align geospatial strategic planning, data standards and policies, tactical implementation and operational capability in accordance with DSNY's performance goals
PMD: Personnel Management Division
The Personnel Management Division coordinates with Human Resources on employee-related personal actions, such as the hiring process of new sanitation workers, promotions, demotions, employee evaluations, disciplinary matters, separation of service, and employee hardships. It also monitors the electronic disciplinary system for accuracy, and acts as the liaison between the Department Advocate and the field operations of the Bureau of Cleaning and Collection and the Solid Waste Management Unit. The division allocates general superintendents, supervisors, civilians, and sanitation workers assigned to medical-duty to support daily Cleaning and Collection field operations.
DST: Division of Safety and Training
The Division of Safety and Training is responsible for all administrative and operational training to ensure that DSNY employees have the knowledge and skills to perform their jobs safely and effectively in a hazard-free work place. Italso has the jurisdiction to enforce federal, state, city, and departmental laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to safe motor vehicle operation and work procedures, building maintenance, and driver's license requirements.
Responsibilities include developing and maintaining programs and training, investigating serious line-of-duty injuries and vehicular accidents, conducting orientation programs for new and recently promoted uniformed employees, and facilitating department-wide walk-throughs for workplace violence surveys and facility E-waste, standpipe, and sprinkler inspections.
BME: Bureau of Motor Equipment
The Bureau of Motor Equipment provides a full range of fleet-related functions, such as design, research and development, procurement, maintenance, repair, and ultimately disposal of DSNY vehicles. All of these functions are performed through four main operating divisions — BME Field Operations, Materiel Management, and Vehicle Acquisition and Warranty Division, and Central Repair Shop Operations.
BBM: Bureau of Building Maintenance
The Bureau of Building Maintenance has responsibility for maintaining garages, transfer stations, repair shops, and office buildings throughout the five boroughs. The bureau employs carpenters, plumbers, electricians and other skilled trades who provide routine maintenance, facility rehabilitation, and emergency repairs. Together with Legal Affairs and Engineering, the Bureau of Building Maintenance ensures that DSNY facilities are in compliance with all federal, state, and local oversight regulations. The Bureau also works with the Department of Citywide Administrative Services to secure funding for energy reduction programs and to achieve carbon dioxide emission goals.
The Enforcement Division monitors compliance with administrative, recycling, and health laws governing the maintenance of clean streets, illegal posting and dumping, theft of recyclables, and proper storage and disposal of recycling and garbage by residents and businesses.
Sanitation Law Enforcement Officers are DSNY workers or supervisors who are trained, armed peace officers. Sanitation Enforcement Agents are unarmed civilians who undergo a comprehensive classroom and field-training program.
The Enforcement Division's Canine Unit patrols throughout the city and issue notices of violation for quality-of-life violations, such as unleashed dogs, littering, and failure to remove canine waste and noxious liquids.
Environmental Enforcement and the Permit Inspection Unit
The primary responsibility of the Permit Inspection Unit is the enforcement of Local Law 40, governing the permit and inspection processes of solid waste transfer stations and fill material operations within the city. Environmental police officers conduct regular inspections to ensure compliance with the rules and regulations relating to these activities.
The Permit Inspection Unit issues permits and conducts regular inspections of putrescible and non-putrescible transfer stations, fill material transfer stations, and fill material operations that involve the grading, leveling, or improvement of property. It also plays a main role in identifying and closing illegal transfer stations and dump sites, and works closely with DSNY Legal Affairs and various city, state, and federal agencies.
The Environmental Enforcement Unit enforces Local Laws 70 and 75, governing the storage, transportation, and disposal of asbestos and regulated medical waste. Environmental police officers respond to incidents involving the improper disposal of chemicals, household hazardous waste, low-level radioactive waste, and medical waste. The unit also conducts inspections of hospitals and nursing homes to ensure proper disposal of regulated medical waste, and inspects medical practices operating in multi-dwelling buildings to ensure compliance with Local Law 41.
The Bureau of Legal Affairs is DSNY's in- – house legal department which has various divisions, including Contracts, Environmental Affairs, Intergovernmental, the Advocate's Office and the Agency Chief Contracting Office. These divisions provide legal counsel, advice, and assistance to the other bureaus in connection with procuring and managing contracts, drafting and enforcing statutes and regulations, regulating solid waste transfer stations, and working with other government departments and agencies.
The Bureau serves as DSNY's liaison with the City Council and State Legislature, manages DSNY's City Environmental Quality Review processes, coordinates DSNY's responses to Freedom of Information Law requests for documents, and provides litigation support to the City's Law Department in connection with lawsuits involving DSNY. The Bureau provides legal counsel on employment and personnel matters, is DSNY's advisor on the legal aspects of environmental compliance efforts, and works closely with DSNY engineers to resolve controversies, allow construction projects to continue, and avoid disputes and litigation.
- Bronx 1 – 680 East 132nd Street, Bronx, NY – serves Mott Haven, Port Morris, and Melrose
- Bronx 2 – 650 Casanova Street, Bronx, NY – serves Hunts Point, Longwood, and Morrisania
- Bronx 3 – 680 East 132nd Street, Bronx, NY – serves Crotona Park, Claremont Village, Concourse Village, and Woodstock
- Bronx 4 (Nelson Diaz Garage) – 720 East 132 Street, Bronx, NY – serves Highbridge, Concourse, and Mount Eden
- Bronx 5 – 1331 Cromwell Avenue, Bronx, NY – serves Fordham, University Heights, Morris Heights, Bathgate, and Mount Hope
- Bronx 6 (Rafael Concepcion Garage) – 800 East 176 Street, Bronx, NY – serves Belmont, West Farms, East Tremont, and Bronx Park South
- Bronx 7 – 423 West 215th Street, Bronx, NY – serves Norwood, Jerome Park, Bedford Park, and Kingsbridge Heights
- Bronx 8 – 423 West 215th Street, Bronx, NY – serves Fieldston, Kingsbridge, Marble Hill, Riverdale, Spuyten Duyvil, and Van Cortlandt Village
- Bronx 9 – 850 Zerega Avenue, Bronx, NY – serves Parkchester, Unionport, Soundview, Castle Hill, Bruckner, Harding Park, Bronx River, and Clason Point
- Bronx 10 – 850 Zerega Avenue, Bronx, NY – serves Co-op City, City Island, Spencer Estates, Throggs Neck, Country Club, Zerega, Westchester Square, Pelham Bay, Eastchester Bay, Schuylerville, Edgewater, Locust Point, and Silver Beach
- Bronx 11 – 800 Zerega Avenue, Bronx, NY – serves Allerton, Bronx Park East, Eastchester Gardens, Indian Village, Morris Park, Olinville, Parkside, Pelham Gardens, Pelham Parkway, Van Nest, and Westchester Heights
- Bronx 12 – 1635 East 233rd Street, Bronx, NY – serves Edenwald, Wakefield, Williamsbridge, Woodlawn, Fish Bay, Eastchester, Olinville, and Baychester
- Brooklyn 1 – 161 Varick Avenue, Brooklyn, NY – serves Williamsburg and Greenpoint
- Brooklyn 2 (Alfred G. Timmons Garage) – 465 Hamilton Avenue, Brooklyn, NY – serves Brooklyn Heights, Fulton Mall, Boerum Hill, Fort Greene, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Fulton Ferry, and Clinton Hill
- Brooklyn 3 – 525 Johnson Avenue, Brooklyn, NY – serves Bedford-Stuyvesant, Stuyvesant Heights, and part of Ocean Hill
- Brooklyn 4 (Eva Barrientos Garage) – 161 Varick Avenue, Brooklyn, NY – serves Bushwick
- Brooklyn 5 – 606 Milford Street, Brooklyn, NY – serves East New York, Cypress Hills, Highland Park, New Lots, City Line, Spring Creek, and Starrett City
- Brooklyn 8 – 1755 Pacific Street, Brooklyn, NY – serves part of Crown Heights, Prospect Heights, and Weeksville
- Brooklyn 9 – 690 New York Avenue, Brooklyn, NY – serves part of Crown Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, and Wingate
- Brooklyn 16 – 922 Georgia Avenue, Brooklyn, NY – serves Brownsville and part of Ocean Hill
- Brooklyn 17 – 105-02 Avenue D, Brooklyn, NY – serves East Flatbush, Remsen Village, Farragut, Rugby, Erasmus, and Ditmas Village
- Brooklyn 6 – 127 2nd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY – serves Red Hook, Carroll Gardens, Park Slope, Gowanus, and Cobble Hill
- Brooklyn 7 – 5100 1st Avenue, Brooklyn, NY – serves Sunset Park and Windsor Terrace
- Brooklyn 10 – 5100 1st Avenue, Brooklyn, NY – serves Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, and Fort Hamilton
- Brooklyn 11 (Michael Hanly Garage) – 1624 Shore Parkway, Brooklyn, NY – serves Bath Beach, Gravesend, Mapleton, and Bensonhurst
- Brooklyn 12 (Frank Consalvo Garage) – 5602 19th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY – serves Borough Park, Kensington, Ocean Parkway, and Midwood
- Brooklyn 13 – 2012 Neptune Avenue, Brooklyn, NY – serves Coney Island, Brighton Beach, Bensonhurst, Gravesend, and Seagate
- Brooklyn 14 – 1397 Ralph Avenue, Brooklyn, NY – serves Flatbush, Midwood, Kensington, and Ocean Parkway
- Brooklyn 15 – 2501 Knapp Street, Brooklyn, NY – serves Sheepshead Bay, Manhattan Beach, Kings Bay, Gerritsen Beach, Kings Highway, East Gravesend, Madison, Homecrest, and Plum Beach
- Brooklyn 18-105-01 Foster Avenue, Brooklyn, NY – serves Canarsie, Bergen Beach, Mill Basin, Flatlands, Marine Park, Georgetown, and Mill Island
- Manhattan 1 – 353 Spring Street New York, NY – serves Tribeca, Financial District, and Battery Park City
- Manhattan 2 – 353 Spring Street New York, NY – serves Greenwich Village, West Village, NoHo, SoHo, Lower East Side, Chinatown, and Little Italy
- Manhattan 3 – South Street, Pier 36, New York, NY – serves Tompkins Square, East Village, Lower East Side, Chinatown and Two Bridges
- Manhattan 4 – 650 West 57th Street, New York, NY – serves Clinton and Chelsea
- Manhattan 5 – 353 Spring Street, New York, NY – serves Midtown
- Manhattan 6 – 606 West 30th Street, New York, NY – serves Stuyvesant Town–Peter Cooper Village, Tudor City, Turtle Bay, Murray Hill, Gramercy Park, Kips Bay, Sutton Place
- Manhattan 7 – 650 West 57th Street, New York, NY – serves Manhattan Valley, Upper West Side, and Lincoln Square
- Manhattan 8 – 4036 9th Avenue, New York, NY – serves Upper East Side, Lenox Hill, Yorkville and Roosevelt Island
- Manhattan 9 – 125 East 149th Street, Bronx, NY – serves Hamilton Heights, Manhattanville, Morningside Heights, and West Harlem
- Manhattan 10 – 110 East 131st Street, New York, NY – serves Harlem
- Manhattan 11 – 343 East 99th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY – serves East Harlem
- Manhattan 12 – 301 West 215th Street, New York, NY – serves Inwood and Washington Heights
- Queens 7 – 120-15 31st Avenue, Queens, NY – serves Flushing, Bay Terrace, College Point, Whitestone, Malba, Beechhurst, Queensboro Hill, and Willets Point
- Queens 8 – 130-23 150th Avenue, Queens, NY – serves Fresh Meadows, Cunningham Heights, Hilltop Village, Pomonak Houses, Jamaica Estates, Holliswood, Flushing South, Utopia, Kew Gardens Hills, and Briarwood
- Queens 10 (Rodney Page Garage) – 130–23 150th Avenue, Queens, NY – serves Howard Beach, Ozone Park, South Ozone Park, Richmond Hill, Tudor Village, and Lindenwood
- Queens 11 – 75-05 Winchester Boulevard, Queens, NY – serves Bayside, Douglaston, Little Neck, Auburndale, East Flushing, Oakland Gardens, and Hollis Hills
- Queens 12 – 120-15 31st Avenue, Flushing, NY – serves Jamaica, Hollis, St. Albans, Springfield Gardens, Baisley Park, Rochdale Village, and South Jamaica
- Queens 13 – 153-67 146th Avenue, Jamaica, NY – serves Queens Village, Glen Oaks, New Hyde Park, Bellerose, Cambria Heights, Laurelton, Rosedale, Floral Park, and Brookville
- Queens 14 – 51-10 Alameda Avenue, Queens, NY – serves Breezy Point, Belle Harbor, Broad Channel, Neponsit, Arverne, Bayswater, Edgemere, Rockaway Park, Rockaway, and Far Rockaway
- Queens 1 – 34-28 21st Street, Queens, NY – serves Astoria, Old Astoria, part of Long Island City, Queensbridge, Ditmars, Ravenswood, Steinway, Garden Bay, and part of Woodside
- Queens 2 – 52-35 58th Street, Woodside, NY – serves part of Long Island City, part of Woodside, and Sunnyside
- Queens 3 – 52-35 58th Street, Woodside, NY – serves Jackson Heights, East Elmhurst, North Corona, and La Guardia Airport
- Queens 4 – 52-35 58th Street, Woodside, NY – serves Corona, Corona Heights, Elmhurst, and Newtown
- Queens 5 – 48-01 58th Road, Queens, NY – serves Ridgewood, Glendale, Middle Village, Maspeth, and Liberty Park
- Queens 6 – 58-73 53rd Avenue, Woodside, NY – serves Forest Hills and Rego Park
- Queens 9 – 132-05 Atlantic Avenue, Richmond Hill, NY – serves Richmond Hill, Woodhaven, Ozone Park, and Kew Gardens
- Staten Island 1 – 539 Jersey Street, Staten Island, NY – serves Arlington, Castleton Corners, Clifton, Concord, Elm Park, Fort Wadsworth, Graniteville, Grymes Hill, Livingston, Mariners Harbor, Meiers Corners, New Brighton, Port Ivory, Port Richmond, Randall Manor, Rosebank, St. George, Shore Acres, Silver Lake, Stapleton, Sunnyside, Tompkinsville, West Brighton, and Westerleigh
- Staten Island 2 – 2500 Richmond Avenue, Staten Island, NY – serves Arrochar, Bloomfield, Bulls Head, Chelsea, Dongan Hills, Egbertville, Emerson Hill, Grant City, Grasmere, High Rock, Lighthouse Hill, Midland Beach, New Dorp, New Springville, Oakwood, Ocean Breeze, Old Town, Richmondtown, South Beach, Todt Hill, and Travis
- Staten Island 3 – 1000 West Service Road, Staten Island, NY – serves Annadale, Arden Heights, Bay Terrace, Charleston, Eltingville, Great Kills, Greenridge, Huguenot, Pleasant Plains, Prince's Bay, Richmondtown, Richmond Valley, Rossville, Tottenville, and Woodrow
Like the rest of New York's uniformed forces, the rank and file have a collective nickname: "New York's Strongest," a term coined by Harry Nespoli, long-time President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 831, to describe the Department of Sanitation's football team in the late 1970s to early 1980s. The section of Worth Street between Centre and Baxter Streets in Manhattan is named "Avenue of the Strongest" in their honor.
Prior to 1881, a Street Cleaning Bureau functioned under the New York City Police Department. However, streets were filthy, filled with mud, rubbish, ash, and horse urine and manure. On May 29, 1881, all the bureau's books and papers were transferred from the police headquarters in anticipation of the passage of a law creating a new administrative structure and the separate Department of Street Cleaning. On May 30, the bill enacting the Department of Street Cleaning was signed by Governor of New York Alonzo B. Cornell. However, Henry H. Gorringe, who had been asked to serve as the inaugural commissioner by Mayor William R. Grace, had been hoping for a different bill and declined the position, stating that it was a "delusion and snare from beginning to end", and that he would have had to answer to "five different areas of city government - the Mayoralty, the Board of Estimate and Apportionment, the Board of Health, the Police Board, and the Department of Street Cleaning," with the latter having the least effective power. Instead, several days later, James S. Coleman became the first commissioner, and held the position for 8 years.
In 1894, Col. George E. Waring, Jr. became commissioner, and he was credited with substantially cleaning the streets, as well as pioneering recycling, street sweeping, and the establishment of a uniformed cleaning and collection force. The department's name was changed to the Department of Sanitation in 1929.
|Number||Name||Dates in Office||Administration||Notes and References|
|As Chairman of a Three-man Commission of the Department of Street Cleaning|
|1||James S. Coleman||June 16, 1881 – December 30, 1889||William R. Grace
William R. Grace
Hugh J. Grant
|vacant||December 31, 1889 – January 17, 1890|
|2||Horace Loomis||January 17, 1890 – April 3, 1890||Hugh J. Grant|||
|3||Hans S. Beattie||April 3, 1890 – September 16, 1891||Hugh J. Grant|||
|William Dalton||September 16, 1891 (acting)||Hugh J. Grant|||
|4||Thomas Sebastian Brennan||September 17, 1891 – July 21, 1893||Hugh J. Grant,
Thomas F. Gilroy
|5||William S. Andrews||July 21, 1893 – January 15, 1895||Thomas F. Gilroy
William L. Strong
|6||George E. Waring, Jr.||January 15, 1895 – December 31, 1897||William L. Strong|||
|7||James McCartney||January 1, 1898 – February 7, 1900||Robert A. Van Wyck|||
|vacant||February 7, 1900 – February 12, 1900|
|8||Percival E. Nagle||February 12, 1900 – December 31, 1901||Robert A. Van Wyck|||
|9||John McGaw Woodbury||January 1, 1902 – October 13, 1906||Seth Low,
George B. McClellan, Jr.
|10||MacDonough Craven||October 22, 1906 – July 9, 1907||George B. McClellan, Jr.|||
|11||Walter Bensel||July 9, 1907 – November 21, 1907||George B. McClellan, Jr.|||
|12||Foster Crowell||November 22, 1907 – January 1, 1909||George B. McClellan, Jr.|||
|13||William H. Edwards||January 1, 1909 – December 31, 1913||George B. McClellan, Jr.
William Jay Gaynor
Ardolph L. Kline
|14||John T. Fetherston||January 1, 1914 – December 31, 1917||John Purroy Mitchel|||
|15||Arnold B. MacStay||January 1, 1918 – January 30, 1918 (acting)
January 30, 1918 – January 2, 1921
|John F. Hylan|||
|16||John P. Leo||January 5, 1921 – November 18, 1921||John F. Hylan|||
|17||Alfred A. Taylor||November 18, 1921 – November 25, 1921 (acting)
November 25, 1921 – November 30, 1929
|John F. Hylan,
|As Chairman of a Three-man Commission of the Department of Sanitation|
|18||William J. Schroeder, Jr. with
Leonard C.L. Smith (beginning December 30, 1929) and
Charles S. Hand (beginning June 3, 1930
|November 30, 1929 – April 18, 1933||Jimmy Walker,
Joseph V. McKee,
John P. O'Brien
|As a Single Commissioner|
|19||George McAneny||April 19, 1933 – September 19, 1933||John P. O'Brien|||
|vacant||September 19, 1933 – September 29, 1933|
|20||Ernest P. Goodrich||September 29, 1933 – March 7, 1934||John P. O'Brien,
Fiorello H. La Guardia
|21||Thomas W. Hammond||March 7, 1934 – June 2, 1934 (acting)
June 2, 1934 – May 26, 1936
|Fiorello H. La Guardia|||
|22||William F. Carey||May 26, 1936 – December 31, 1945||Fiorello H. La Guardia|||
|23||William J. Powell||January 1, 1946 – December 21, 1949||William O'Dwyer|||
|24||Andrew W. Mulrain||December 21, 1949 – February 25, 1957||William O'Dwyer,
Vincent R. Impellitteri,
Robert F. Wagner
|25||Paul R. Screvane||February 25, 1957 – March 3, 1961||Robert F. Wagner|||
|26||Frank J. Lucia||March 3, 1961 – December 31, 1965||Robert F. Wagner|||
|27||Joseph F. Periconi||January 1, 1966 – November 23, 1966||John V. Lindsay|||
|28||Samuel J. Kearing, Jr.||November 23, 1966 – November 17, 1967||John V. Lindsay|||
|James Lewis Marcus||November 17, 1967 – December 12, 1966 (acting)||John V. Lindsay|||
|Fioravente Gerald Gabriel Perrotta||December 12, 1966 – December 26, 1967 (acting)||John V. Lindsay|||
|Maurice Milton Feldman||December 26, 1967 – June 4, 1968 (acting)||John V. Lindsay|||
|James P. Marron||named on January 28, 1968, unable to take office because of illness, died June 18, 1968|
|29||Griswold Lamour Moeller||June 4, 1968 – July 14, 1970||John V. Lindsay|||
|Jerome Kretchmer||August 17, 1970 – April 26, 1971 (acting)||John V. Lindsay|||
|30||Herbert Elish||April 26, 1971 – April 30, 1974||John V. Lindsay
Abraham D. Beame
|31||Robert T. Groh||April 30, 1974 – October 3, 1975||Abraham D. Beame|||
|Martin Lang||October 3, 1975 – January 5, 1976 (acting)||Abraham D. Beame|||
|32||Anthony Thomas Vaccarello||January 5, 1976 – November 5, 1978||Abraham D. Beame
Edward I. Koch
|33||Norman Steisel||November 5, 1978 – January 23, 1986||Edward I. Koch|||
|34||Brendan John Sexton||January 24, 1986 – April 18, 1990||Edward I. Koch
David N. Dinkins
|35||Steven M. Polan||April 18, 1990 – February 1992||David N. Dinkins|||
|36||Emily S. Lloyd||February 1992 – July 15, 1994||David N. Dinkins
Rudolph W. Giuliani
|37||John J. Doherty||August 11, 1994 – September 20, 1998||Rudolph W. Giuliani|||
|38||Kevin Farrell||March 15, 1999 – July 9, 2001||Rudolph W. Giuliani|||
|John J. Doherty||January 1, 2002 – March 28, 2014 (second term)||Michael Bloomberg|||
|39||Kathryn Garcia||April 1, 2014 – present||Bill DeBlasio|||
- 1968: Sanitation workers had been without a contract for six months when they rejected Mayor John Lindsay's proposal and went on strike on February 2. As the garbage on the streets of New York City accumulated to over 100,000 tons, negotiations between Lindsay and union leaders went poorly. Finally, on February 10, New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller stepped in, offering a $425 wage increase and future arbitration, which the workers agreed to and ended the strike.
- 1975: A wildcat strike took place in 1975 from July 2 to 4 in the midst of a budget crisis for New York City before workers returned to work under the provision that they would put up their own money to guarantee payroll if the city legislation could not get the tax increase necessary.
- 1981: Workers went on strike just after midnight on December 1 to demand a wage increase and remained out until December 17.
- Essex County Resource Recovery Facility
- New York City Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH), for hearings conducted on summonses for quality of life violations issued by the Department
- New York City Charter Chapter 31, § 751; "There shall be a department of sanitation the head of which shall be the commissioner of sanitation."
- About DSNY Archived 2007-05-23 at the Wayback Machine.
- DSNY District Map. Retrieved 2015-Feb-15.
- "The Street-Cleaning Bureau Moved". New York Times. May 30, 1881. p. 5. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
- "The New Street-Cleaning Law - Lieut.-Commander Gorringe Declines to Serve as Commissioner". New York Times. May 31, 1881. p. 1. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
- "The New Commissioner - Mr. James S. Coleman Appointed to Clean the Streets". New York Times. June 5, 1881. p. 12. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
- "Mr. Coleman Assumes Charge - He Promises to Give the City Clean Streets If Possible". New York Times. June 17, 1881. p. 8. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
- "Coleman Gives Up Office - His Resignation Sent to the Mayor - But Before He Wrote His Letter Mayor Grant Had Asked The Board of Health to Remove Him". New York Times. December 31, 1889. p. 1. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
- Trying to Clean Up New York, Gotham Gazette, August 16, 2004
- "Schroeder Heads Sanitation Board – Quits as Hospital Commissioner as He Is Sworn In by Walker for New City Post – Two Aides To Be Named – Street Cleaning Department's Work Will Be Taken Over by Body Created at Last Election". New York Times. December 1, 1929. p. 20. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
- "The New Commissioner — Mr. James S. Coleman Appointed to Clean the Streets". New York Times. June 5, 1881. p. 12. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
- "Mr. Coleman Assumes Charge — He Promises to Give the City Clean Streets If Possible". New York Times. June 17, 1881. p. 8. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
- "Coleman Gives Up Office — His Resignation Sent to the Mayor — But Before He Wrote His Letter Mayor Grant Had Asked The Board of Health to Remove Him". New York Times. December 31, 1889. p. 1. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
- "His Honor Heaves A Sigh — He Finds a Street Sweeper in Horace Loomis — A Democrat From Westchester County — His Record As An Engineer — His Plans for the Department". New York Times. January 18, 1890. p. 8. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
- "Horace Loomis Resigns — Hans S. Beattie Will Look After the Streets — Worrying Over the Street Cleaning Problem Made Mr. Loomis Ill — Tammany and the Contracts". New York Times. April 4, 1890. p. 5. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
- "Hans Beattie in Command — His First Move Toward Cleaning the City's Streets". New York Times. April 4, 1890. p. 5. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
- "Mr. Beattie Wasn't There — A Wake in the Mayor's Office Without the Waked — Money Transferred by the Board of Estimate to the Carting Fund of the Street-Cleaning Department — Hans Will Fight". New York Times. September 17, 1891. p. 9. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
- "The Mayor Wastes No Time — "Big Tom" Brennan Appointed to Succeed Mr. Beattie — For Years The New Street-Cleaning Commissioner Was in the Charities And Correction Department — Hans's Parting Shot". New York Times. September 18, 1891. p. 8. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
- "Brennan Gives Up The Broom — W.S. Andrews Succeeds Him As Cleaner of Streets — Col. M.C. Murphy Appointed to the Place in the Excise Board from Which Mr. Andrews Resigned — Mr. Brennan Writes His Resignation After a Talk with Mayor Gilroy — Going to Take His Son, Who Is Ill, to Saratoga — Mr. Andrews Promises Clean Streets". New York Times. July 22, 1893. p. 1. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
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