So still no answer from the powers that be on WHY there is no enforcement of the law regarding autobody shops placing junked & unlicensed vehicles on Merrick Blvd and surrounding streets in Jamaica and in other areas of SE Queens as some reader have stated:
“Thug auto body shops on Liberty Ave in Ozone Park do the same thing and get away with it. One word, Graft!”
“I see this all over Queens, Brooklyn and The Bronx.”
“Ally Auto Body on Jamaica Ave and the repair shop on 182 Street, used to be called Queens Finest Auto Body do the same. I’ve seen them place license plates from other states on the cars when they leave them over night. And I’ve also called for overnight parking of commercial vehicles and not one ticket issued.”
While elected officials like Councilman Miller and Community Board 12 are voicing concern over all the damn homeless shelters in the area and all the hotels in far off places becoming shelters (http://www.timesledger.com/stories/2016/50/millerhotel_2016_12_09_q.html), I do understand that some of our elected officials hands are tied from up above since this is more of a city issue than a local one and there are really no laws being broken. BUT this whole auto body shop bullshit of putting vehicles all over the damn area making Merrick Blvd look like a junkyard, is not only a local issue that can be solved without the help of city council or the mayor, IT IS THE LAW, no placement of junked and unlicensed vehicles on public streets and sidewalk, PERIOD. So again, where is my answer. Just one simple answer from NYPD, 103 precinct, the heads of all the precincts whose areas are like this, Melinda Katz, Councilman Miller, Councilman Richards, Councilman Wills (I guess he is worried about going to jail) and all the other councilmembers in areas affected by this. Community Board 12, Community Board 11 and the rest. How about an answer from Assembly Member Hyndman or Cook. How about Senator Comrie, how about all the Jamaica religious leaders. ONE DAMN ANSWER FROM SOMEONE.
And hey media, Help Me Howard, WPIX, NY1, Greg Mocker, Times Ledger, Queens Courier, Queens Chronicle. WHY are you NOT digging into this and demanding an answer from NYPD and elected officials because this is one of the biggest scams going on. While WPIX did a story on the one auto body shop, Dynamic Collision, on 147 Pl, there was never any questioning elected officials or NYPD on why this continues and why there is a lack of enforcement.
AND for you concerned residents of Jamaica, SE Queens and other areas affected by this, contact your local precinct, contact your councilmembers, contact your community boards and demand an answer to this question. Many of you complain about shit, but pick up the phone, send an email, do something. HOUND THEM.
This is a local issue that should be solved on the local level, no need to contact Mr. dickBlasio on this one.
Now if you and I place our car on a sidewalk in front of our house, the lowly foot traffic officers would take out their pen and pad and slap a ticket on the car within an hour, hell, it does not even have to be on the sidewalk, just a tire on it. I ride my bike on the sidewalk on Archer Avenue since it is such a dangerous mess of cars, livery drivers, cabs, trucks and buses (not too mention such a narrow road for all the traffic), NYPD car pulls up to corner, gets out and hands me a $50 dollar ticket.
YET, auto body shops have turned Merrick Blvd and the surrounding area into the new Willets Point, a junkyard for their cars placed on Merrick Blvd and the sidewalks and the surrounding streets in the neighborhood, along with broken glass and leaking fluids from cars. One day, I counted 100 junked and unlicensed cars on Merrick and surrounding streets between Liberty and 108th St. ONE HUNDRED, no kidding. Car dealers on Hillside Avenue with huge parking lots, place their vehicles and unlicensed vehicles not only on Hillside Ave, where they block buses during rush hour, but on sidewalks as well. In other areas of Jamaica, auto body shops do the same thing, like the one on Archer between 168th and 169th. Readers from other areas like South Ozone Park and other parts of SE Queens have the same issue and have complained over and over to their precincts with absolutely not a damn thing being done.
This is not a grey area, this is black and white issue, it is ILLEGAL to place any vehicle on a sidewalk, which blocks pedestrians and forces them to sometime go into the street and it is ILLEGAL to place unlicensed vehicles or junked cars on public streets and sidewalks. On Merrick Blvd alone, this causes major traffic issues where one must converge to one lane because the other is being blocked by these cars. THIS IS THE LAW, NOT an option and no grey area. YET, after countless documentations of this, countless filed complaints, NOTHING is being done and these unscrupulous businesses are allow to continue with the illegal behavior under the watchful eyes of elected officials, community boards and NYPD and have yet given me an answer as to WHY? Not one person, not NYPD, not community board 12 and not any of our wonderful elected officials.
And this is not an appropriate response:
Thank you for contacting me. Your concerns and questions are of utmost importance to me. A member of my staff or I will be in contact with you
shortly to discuss your issue. If you require immediate assistance, please feel free to contact my Queens District Office at 718-454-0162 or my Albany
Legislative Office at 518-455-2701. You can also feel free to come in and speak directly with a community or legislative representative. For office
hours and directions, please visit Office of NYS Senator Leroy Comrie. Again, thank you for contacting me.
I guess my concerns are NOT of the utmost importance because they WOULD REQUIRE SOMEONE TO GET OFF THEIR FUCKING ASS AND DO SOME WORK.
I have said this over and over again, someone is being paid off to look the other way, because 1) nothing is being done and the laws are not being enforced. 2) NOT one person has given me any kind of answer and no I don’t want to hear about “not enough manpower”. The ticketing fee alone makes up for any kind of manpower.
Or it could be that this area is not Forest Hills or Brooklyn Heights or Park Slope and is instead a community of color run by black political gangsters who obviously has not done anything to improve this community but instead have focused on street naming ceremonies and “free turkey giveaways”. So being a community of color, there is no reason to really do anything. I mean do anyone of you have any pride, any shame that Merrick Blvd looks like shit. Hell, your precinct community board meets over in that area, you don’t see this or you don’t care. I mean I don’t see this shit on Queens Blvd in Forest Hills, so why should we see this shit here in Jamaica.
This is completely disgraceful and a continual slap in the face of this community of color yet again ignoring quality of life issues and properly enforcing laws.
BUT people want an answer and more importantly they want the LAWS to be enforced. And residents of Jamaica and some of you folks reading this, you need to contact NYPD and your local precinct, you need to contact your elected officials and you NEED TO DEMAND A FUCKING ANSWER and a SOLUTION. You fucking work for US, we pay your damn salaries.