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Vito Turso, Department of Sanitation

Vito Turso October 1, 2009 - Whenever New York City is ready for its close-up, Vito Turso and the Department of Sanitation are there to make sure the City puts its best foot forward.

���New York City is a great city, it���s a safe city, and it���s a clean city,��� said Turso. ���Gone are the days of graffiti-strewn subway cars.���

It���s thanks in part to the work of the Department of Sanitation that���s helped the City maintain its reputation as a cinematic center. As it does everyday for the citizens of New York, the Department of Sanitation also makes sure the streets are clean for productions.

���When the street needs to be wetted down, we provide the water trucks,��� explained Turso. ���When there are snow and ice conditions, the streets are salted and plowed.���

Turso first began with the Department of Sanitation in 1978. After a period of time spent working with the Department of Corrections, he returned to the Department of Sanitation in 2002. As the Deputy Commissioner of Public Information & Community Affairs, Turso works with film productions, the press, community boards, civic associations, ���any event that concerns the public.���

On the occasions when a production needs to show garbage being collected or a street being swept, the Department of Sanitation works with the production to accomplish the shoot. For the recent filming of The Taking of Pelham 123, the production turned one of the Sanitation Department���s facilities into a transit hub.

���We work with ���Law & Order��� all the time,��� said Turso. When an episode calls for a body to be pulled out of the harbor, ���Law & Order��� will often use one of the department���s water based marine transfer station for the shoot.

Turso welcomes the opportunity to work with more films and television series. ���It���s been a great experience with so many productions.���

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