Yesterday (6.15.16) on my way to film the WPIX story on all the junked cars on the sidewalk at street at 147 Pl, I spotted across the street a sanitation inspector taking photos of the mountain of garbage that had again accumulated on the NW corner (169th/Hillside), even though there was NO GARBAGE CAN AT THE TIME. I actually took a photo later as I was coming back with the can and all the surrounding garbage.
I thought to myself: ‘Hallelujah!’, summonses are coming and something will be done. I ran over to him to speak about the chronic issue, the daily mountains of garbage that appear on all the corners for a few blocks in this area of Hillside. I asked him if the store owner ( the filthy disgusting Skylight Cellular) would be getting a summons for this. He said: “No, he’s closed, I can’t issue a summons”. When he opens, he’s probably going to clean this up and I certainly doubted that, the place is always a mess. I said: ‘WHAT?! The guy is NOT going to TOUCH THIS! NONE of the store owners on this block have EVER been seen cleaning up ANYTHING in front of their properties. Why can’t you issue a ticket?’ Answer: ‘”We have to give them a two hour period from opening up to clean-up any litter in from of their store.”
BUT THIS ‘INSPECTOR’ GOT IN HIS SUV AFTER TAKING THE PHOTOS AND DROVE AWAY!
HE’S NOT GOING TO COME BACK ‘AFTER 2 HOURS TO INSPECT AGAIN, AND ISSUE THE APPROPRIATE SUMMONSES! WHAT’S THE USE OF HIS ‘INSPECTING’? WHAT IS THE PURPOSE.
So what is the POINT of taking a photo at all, if you are not going to ENFORCE THE LAWS AS THEY ALREADY EXIST?! Here we go again with proper lack of enforcement. I asked him why, given how extreme the dumping situation is here, do they not position – for even a few hours – just ONE DOS undercover inspector to issue tickets CONTINUOUSLY all day, as the as this garbage crap grows? In fact there should be someone always stationed on Hillside all day, since it is such a mess. His response? ‘”hey won’t do it”. So there you have it folks: these people have been neutered, castrated, impotent to address the issue. And this is why these businesses and people continue doing what they are doing.
The City doesn’t have an answer, and can’t to a damn thing, on some regular non-crisis basis, to address this horrific health/quality of life issue.
Despite all the excuses I heard today – directly from a DOS officer – we all know folks that such mountain of trash wouldn’t appear for more than a few hours in a place like Forest Hills (NEVER), and the store owners would damn sure feel the pain, in their pockets, if they didn’t clean it up, like this tool claimed our immigrant store-owners would, since this is what he and many others are use to.
And this ladies and gentlemen, is why Hillside Avenue looks like a third world dump. When businesses and people are not issued a summons for their behavior, then the Jamaica Crap Train keeps on a rollin.