Earlier this year, the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) ordered residents of four private streets in Bay Ridge to start hauling their trash to the nearest public street corner to be collected due to safety concerns. Now, residents are upset because DSNY tried to charge one of the residents $100 for letting garbage bags pile up in front of her home for collection.
DSNY claims that the July 26 summons was a mistake and that staff was told not to cite certain violations in the area. The petitioners’ court date to resolve the issue is scheduled for August 18.
Brooklyn Daily has more details:
Neighbors are outraged that the city tried to fine a Bay Ridge woman $100 for letting other residents’ garbage bags pile up in front of her 94th Street home — after it ordered residents of a nearby private street to leave them there for pick-up.
Earlier this year, the Department of Sanitation ordered residents of four private streets to start hauling their trash to the nearest public street corner to be collected, and the irony that the agency is now penalizing their neighbor for the pileup shows how flawed that new policy is, one resident said.
“Because of the change of policy, [the agency has] created a sanitary condition and is now going to penalize people for a condition created by its policy change,” said Bill Larney, who lives on Barwell Terrace, one of streets affected by the change.