- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

New York’s Central Park caretakers took to Twitter Tuesday to correct the record on Dana Perino’s “unfair” and “uniformed” tweet about trash.

The pope is scheduled to lead a procession Friday evening through Central Park as part of his visit to the Big Apple. Ms. Perino, a Fox News host and former White House spokeswoman, tweeted Tuesday morning: “Well, well, well - Central Park has finally been cleaned up after a summer of trash. The Pope should come more often!”

The Central Park Conservancy, which takes care of the park, responded with a series of tweets that included photos of people picking up garbage and statistics about the work that is done, Talking Points Memo reported.

“[S]uch an unfair & uninformed tweet. Central Park Conservancy staff work 24/7 365 days a year,” the group tweeted directly to Ms. Perino. “Pope or no Pope to keep Central Park immaculate under pressure of 42 million visits a year!”

“We remove 2,46 TONS of trash and 70 TONS of recycling every year,” the group said. “[E]xcuse me, that should be: We remove 2,246 TONS of trash and 70 TONS of recycling every year.”

Ms. Perino responded apologetically, “Oh wait - I love the staff and thank every one of them. They’re amazing. The overnight visitors, by so much.”

“And, I’m a supportive member of the conservancy. So not uninformed. I’m there every day,” she added.

The park accepted Ms. Perino’s clarification and even mentioned her dog, Jasper.

“Thank you so much for clarification & support! Hoping you & Jasper continue to love every minute in the Park for years to come!” the group tweeted.

“You all are the best thing about NYC,” Ms. Perino responded. “The gem that keeps us here.”

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