Co-Op City trash piles removed amid dispute
CO-OP CITY -- New Yorker City's Sanitation Department has picked up tons of garbage piled up at the nation's biggest cooperative housing complex as a labor dispute continues.
Sanitation Department spokesman Keith Mellis said Friday that the trash was picked up on the overnight shift after the Health Department declared it a health hazard.
Mellis said nine truck loads removed about 100 tons of garbage from Co-op City. Garbage piles had risen as high as 5 feet.
The crisis began Tuesday after the contract expired between management and unionized garbage collectors, janitors and other building workers.
Almost 60,000 people live in the 320-acre Bronx community. It's been home to prominent figures such as Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Queen Latifah.
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