BRONX — A mother reached out to PIX11 News and sent us pictures of hypodermic needles on public sidewalks and inside grates in her neighborhood. She says she sees them when she walks her sons to school everyday.
"Someone has to say something. Needles are hanging out of their arms, and they act like it's nothing, like they are smoking," the mother told PIX11 News, asking to be anonymous out of fear of retaliation.
PIX11 News saw hypodermic needles inside grates at east 150th Street between Cortland and Melrose avenues.
Also at 149th Street and St. Ann's Avenue, just outside an Auto Zone, this mother says hypodermic needles are on the sidewalk all the time.
"My son wants to touch them and I say no that's dangerous," said the frustrated mother of four, who is seven months pregnant.
PIX11 News reached out to the sanitation department, the health department and the NYPD.
“We encourage anyone who finds a syringe in a public place to call 311 immediately," Austin Finan, spokesman for Mayor Bill de Blasio, said.
"If a syringe is found on the street or sidewalk, an officer from DSNY’s Environmental Police Unit will retrieve the item and dispose of it properly. All medical waste in parks is removed by specially trained staff on NYC Parks’ Medical Waste Removal Crews," Finan said in a statement to PIX11 News.
A police spokesperson said "since July, the 40th Precinct commanding officer has assigned two officers on the day tours and two officers on the 4 by 12 to address quality of life conditions and narcotics complaints in the vicinity of 150 Street and Cortland Avenue."
Police will be at the location on Friday for a scheduled community event, cleaning graffiti and addressing other issues on the street with the community.