The primary mission of the Bed-Stuy Gateway BID is to keep the commercial district clean, safe, and attractive to shoppers. The district is comprised of more than 400 small businesses along the Fulton Street and Nostrand Avenue commercial corridor. Within Brooklyn and throughout the City of New York, residents and business owners have had to face the same issue – the infestation of rats. As a result, sanitation will continue to remain at the top of our priority list. Earlier this month, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a $32 million neighborhood rat reduction plan targeting Bedford-Stuyvesant among other areas with the highest activity. From new solar-powered trash compactors and frequent trash pick-ups to new legislation for better trash management and increased enforcement, we can look forward to cleaner streets. Ten of these solar powered garbage cans, also known as Big Bellies, will be sited throughout the BID in September 2017.