While not as bad as last year with the illegal truck driving on 170th St between Jamaica & Hillside Ave (a completely residential street with families, children and a home to a senior citizen apartment building) where it was not unusual for a hundred plus trucks to come through the entire day and evening (DOCUMENTED FOR YEARS), the trucks are slowing making their way back since the enforcement has slowed down. Royal Waste continues to have some of their trucks come through as well as private waste trucks, dump trucks, tow trucks and occasionally the big dangerous tractor trailer trucks from early morning to late evening. A few weeks back an elderly man with a cane had his legs crushed by a tractor trailer truck on 168th Street just a few feet from the 103rd precinct. Can you imagine what would happen on 170th if a child (which many live on this stretch) was crossing this street and one of these trucks could not stop in time. But then they are not white middle to upper middle class children like Melinda Katz’s kids, so they are not a priority. And they call themselves Democrats for the people. Really, what people? Certainly not here in Jamaica.
While the 103rd precinct does their best, they do not have enough funding to combat all that goes on in this community and they receive NO SUPPORT from local elected officials. BUT have a police officer here shoot a man doing something illegal, carrying a gun and acting like a fool and then the officials come out in full force. Yet, nothing from them on all these quality of life issues that have been getting ignored for years.
Now I don’t expect our local elected officials and community leaders (plus community board 12) to fix issues like unemployment or gun violence (that is Congress’s jurisdiction) and other issues not in their control. BUT illegal truck driving on residential streets, illegal parking on streets by tractor trailer trucks, illegal placement of junked cars by autobody shops (which have turned our streets/sidewalks into junkyards), illegal garbage dumping, high weeds blocking sidewalks, illegal storage of commercial vehicles in residential areas, well those fall under local jurisdiction and that of city council, YET no one is addressing that here, hence the same old issues keep popping up over and over again. Does Melinda Katz’s hood and block have these issues? How about Gregory Meeks? How about deBlasio, the hypocritical so-called progressive liberal Mayor. Not too progressive and liberal when it comes to Jamaica and other communities of color.
But Katz and the others do nothing folks will constantly talk about Jamaica being the next “tourist spot” and the “transportation hub”, but the hell with the residents who pay their over-bloated salaries. And where is the media in regards to this screwed up system that cannot even solve a simple problem as large trucks driving illegally on residential streets, but you elected folks all want to take on unemployment and gun violence. YEAH RIGHT. Start with these damn trucks and auto body shops.
As Louis Flores of Progress Queens (one of a few media outlets exposing the bullshit) said:
In order to get to the truth, the system has literally had to turn on itself.