Budget cuts will cause major Sanitation problems in 2011. (Photo by Paypaul)

Heading into 2011, there are already some hints to which issues will drive local news coverage throughout the year. Here’s what we think will be the major focus for the next 365 days.

Sanitation

Yes, we’re all pissed off right now for how the blizzard was mismanaged by the Mayor and Department of Sanitation. As hearings go forward we may very well discover that a worker slowdown was in effect and heads will roll. Equally likely, though, is that as roadways clear, people will forget there was ever an issue. Regardless, continued budget cuts to New York’s Strongest will see a pared down workforce and many supervisors demoted. We spent a lot of 2010 documenting garbage problems across Sheepshead Bay, and the coverage paid off with increased basket pickups. But in 2011, we’re expecting to see the return of those problems and more.

Charter Schools

Sheepshead Bay High School may have earned a reprieve from closure for another year, but we’re willing to bet the issue will come up again around the end of 2011. On top of that, the city will continue to move forward with pushing charter schools throughout the city, and the local battles over school management will continue to escalate.

Sheepshead Bay Mosque

Thought the story ended when the group behind the Voorhies Avenue Islamic Cultural Center received their building permits? Think again. Sure, they moved some construction equipment onto the site, but opposition group Bay People has raised tens of thousands of dollars to fight the building. And with tensions high, there’s a strong possibility of vandalism as the project moves forward.

Medicaid Fraud

We saw a striking amount of fraud busts throughout Southern Brooklyn this year, and as the new healthcare bill continues to roll out in stages, the feds are looking to crack down on fraudsters. Just wait and see – Sheepshead Bay, Brighton Beach, Bensonhurst and a number of other Southern Brooklyn neighborhoods will make headlines for the dirty docs and insurance hounds filling our local medical facilities.

Car Theft Crackdown

As one of only two major crime categories to see an increase this year in the 61st Precinct (the second was murder), Grand Larceny Auto is going to be the NYPD’s top priority. The Deputy Inspector stated at a recent Community Council meeting that forces have already been deployed to problem areas. But as the economy continues to stagnate, car theft will remain an issue as thieves seek to keep one step ahead of authorities.

Think there’s an issue that’ll be big in 2011? Let us know in the comments!

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  • nolastname

    Nice shot Paypaul.If you want bigger and better mounds of garbage come to the apartment buildings in my area.
    Really, where else can they put it?
    I called 311, they said….No pick up Fr.Sa.and Sun. They ask that you keep the garbage in the yard if you can. IF you already put it out it is OK leave it there.
    And, who the hell is delivering circulars? They are all over the street.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

      The circular droppers are far more efficient than our postal workers. They can get through anything.

      The PO is playing catch-up in a weird way. I got two deliveries yesterday. One contained just a flyer from our city counciljerk. What a waste of resources to get that delivered.

      • nolastname

        I can’t complain. The first mail we got contained prescriptions, at least my carrier picked his own shots.

        • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

          The second one I got contained begging letters from charities.

          • Anonymous

            Junk Mail is always a priority.

  • BrooklynBus

    Ned, you forgot one. The season after Blizzard Season is Pothole Season. So after everyone finishes yelling at Sanitation for their inadequate response, probably mostly due to the City wanting to skimp on overtime, we can start yelling at DOT as we start to drive over the craters that are already developing now and winter has just begun.

    • nolastname

      You are so ahead of them. I drove over several holes today.
      Maybe that’s why they spared the salt and did not scrape the asphalt.,,,Not.
      they…them….who?

  • winson

    restoration of B express service in September, though it probably will not make a difference because the Q uses much better cars.

    • Anonymous

      I do love how the MTA refers to the Q as an “express” while riding on the Coney Island Bound side. It’s all local. In fact it’s Hyperlocal. No matter how nice the cars are they are the most crowded trains in the entire system. One can be at Dekalb Avenue at 10:00 pm on a Saturday night and the R, D and N are nearly empty coming into the station. Meanwhile the Q is packed to the gills. Go figure.

  • Anonymous

    In spite of the fact that the Department of Sanitation screwed up big time with their management of this storm, credit for the mess to be seen on our streets, sidewalks and especially crosswalks should go to the residents and businesses who failed to shovel properly. These people should be ashamed of either not shoveling at all, devoting more of their energy to digging out their cars than making a path good enough for more than one person to traverse through or depositing their garbage on top of and in places now covered with snow.

  • nolastname

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/34224145@N04/5312756101/in/set-72157625721857094
    The visible dirt covering snow.
    Same as the cover up, snow job in 2010.
    Something stinks and it ain’t the garbage.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CIXKMWVRUVBKQ4CT75NB5BAEBU Death

    Looks like there’s another Snow storm coming this way… /facepalm

    Wonder if our tax dollars gonna clean it up this time.