Maloney Statement on the Removal of Sanitation Trucks from East 10th Street

Nov 20, 2019
Press Release

NEW YORK, NY- Following the Mayor de Blasio’s commitment to remove NYC Department of Sanitation Trucks from East 10th Street, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) released the following statement. 

 

“The residents and businesses of East 10th Street have suffered for over a year from the foul smell of garbage caused by overnight parking of sanitation trucks. This August, I called on the New York City Department of Sanitation to create an immediate solution and remove the sanitation trucks parked along East 10th street and various other locations around the city. I am thankful that Mayor de Blasio has committed to finally removing these trucks, and to restoring peace to the East 10th Street community. I look forward to the City finding a permanent location for NYC Department of Sanitation trucks that does not cause further disruption to residential blocks.”

 

BACKGROUND

In August, the Congresswoman and a group of local elected officials wrote a letter to NYC Department of Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia and Mayor de Blasio calling for the immediate removal of the sanitation trucks.

The entire text of the letter is below.

 

 

August 18, 2019

Ms. Kathryn Garcia

Commissioner

New York City Department of Sanitation

125 Worth Street

New York, NY  10013

                                                           Re: Garbage Trucks on 10th Street

 

Dear Commissioner Garcia,

           

We are writing on behalf of the residents and small business owners of 10th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues in Manhattan, who are located within our districts. Our constituents have contacted us to complain about the Department of Sanitation (DOS) garbage trucks that park on their block every night. The trucks are there from 7 pm to 6 am every night and all day on Sundays. Our constituents tell us that trucks emit a terrible smell that pervades their street lined with residences and five restaurants, many of which have outdoor seating. The odor lingers even when the trucks are no longer there. We also understand that residents are awakened each morning around 5:30 am when the sanitation workers come to get their trucks. Further, residents and business owners complain that the trucks are assigned half the parking for the block.

 

We understand that the residents of this block have been complaining about the parked garbage trucks since September 15, 2018, when the trucks first arrived. We further understand that on September 26, 2018, Mayor De Blasio stated, “I’ll talk to the commissioner and figure out what we can do to relieve the immediate pressure. We certainly don’t want those residential areas to feel the burden.” Nearly a year has passed and the trucks remain.          

 

Many of our offices and other elected officials have held numerous meetings and made several appeals to DSNY to address this situation, yet your agency has not updated us on any alternative options or timelines.

 

Residential blocks are not a proper place for garbage trucks to be parked. Residents and patrons of local businesses should not have to endure the stench of these vehicles. This is an urgent problem that requires an immediate solution. Please share any further details on the new locations you are considering for these trucks, consistent with all applicable rules and regulations, as soon as possible. We would like to meet with you to discuss the concrete steps you have taken to identify an alternative location for the trucks and a timetable for their removal.

 

Thank you for your kind attention to this important matter. 

 

Sincerely,

Rep Carolyn B. Maloney, State Senator Brad Hoylman, Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick, Council Member Carlina Rivera

 

CBM/bs

cc: Mayor Bill de Blasio; Deputy Mayor of Operations Laura Anglin

 

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