Felder, Eichenstein, Barnwell, Yeger, and Maisel Demand Photographic Evidence of Violations
By Yehudit Garmaise
State Senator Simcha Felder today introduced a bill, which is also sponsored by Assemblymen Simcha Eichenstein and Brian Barnwell, that would require the city’s Sanitation Department to provide photograph of the materials, conditions, and situations that are alleged to constitute violations.
In a press conference that took place outside the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) headquarters, at 125 Worth St, in Manhattan, after revealing evidence that city agencies issued fraudulent citations. Sen. Felder and Councilman Kalman Yeger also proposed that the city immediate investigate the offending enforcement agents and OATH officers who failed to report legitimate incriminating evidence, while issuing voluminous citations during the COVID lockdowns of the last year.
“For the past three years, I have been presented with countless evidence of fraudulent summonses issued by sanitation enforcement agents,” said Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein, who is the prime sponsor of Bill# A2378. “The time has come for the State Legislature to pass my proposed legislation and right this wrong. If agents are going to issue a summons, why would they be afraid to provide a photograph of the alleged materials, condition, or situation to justify the violation?”
During the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio, the revenue from agencies' fines has curiously increased by 22%: having gone from $811 million in the fiscal year of 2013 to $993 million in the fiscal year of 2016, according to a 2017 report by the NYC Comptroller’s office.
“Quality of Life” violations, which include sanitation violations, alone generated $184 million.
“Last time I checked, Americans were innocent until proven guilty,” Sen. Felder said. “This system stinks! Dirty sanitation enforcement agents fabricate violations and issue tickets outside of routing hours while unscrupulous OATH officers bury the evidence.
“If the city wanted to solve this problem they could have done it long ago, but they have no incentive. The city makes out like a bandit by robbing hardworking New Yorkers,” said Senator Felder.
In addition, Councilmembers Alan Maisel and Kalman Yeger proposed a similar bill in the City Council.
“Sadly, this instance of a falsified summons is not an isolated incident,” said Councilman Kalman Yeger. “My colleagues and I have frequently learned of instances of false summonses issued by DSNY’s quota agents.
“Often, 311 complaints of missed pickups result in a quota agent issuing a summons as a punishment for the complaint, rather than making up the missed pickup, like in other neighborhoods.
“We have brought these incidents to the attention of the Sanitation Department’s management, to no avail. Hopefully, this very clear evidence of corruption will push the Sanitation Department to taking action to reign in its rogue quota agents.”
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