The Street Cleaning Department was censured for neglecting to remove ashes from the streets of Brooklyn. A resolution was adopted to complain to Mayor Van Wyck about the Commissioner of Street Cleaning.
October 19, 1901
Dear Mr. Markham:
Your welcome letter came several days ago and I have been awaiting the proof sheets of this book. Ferguson, who was to review it, must, I fear, be headed off, as I now see that he is radically opposed to anything...
The World reports that Street Cleaning Deputy Commissioner Patrick H. Quinn admitted that he did not have enough money to clean Brooklyn's dirty streets, and that "mounds of slush and slime line the streets."
Eleven year old Mary Le Greico appealed to Street Cleaning Deputy Commissioner Patrick H. Quinn for her father who, she said was "a strong man, worked hard … so why couldn't he get a position with the street-cleaning department?"
The World newspaper reports that Street Cleaning Deputy Commissioner Patrick H. Quinn threatened to raid the trucks obstructing streets, but "his ardor has cooled off" which is annoying the fire department because they are hampered by wagons found...
Merchants along Fifth Avenue, though they had arguments with Street Cleaning Deputy Commissioner Patrick H. Quinn over snow removal, now commend him on the "excellent manner in which the streets are kept clean."
New York World article on Street Cleaning Deputy Commissioner Patrick H. Quinn issuing orders concerning obstructions by vehicles. Owners who disregard "the ordinance will find their vehicles in the city's possession."