Saturday, November 28, 2009

ECB a revenue raiser for City

From the Bronx Times-Reporter:

[Rosanna] Gennarelli has been ticketed for trash a handful of times. The 51-year old has fought ticket after $300 Environmental Control Board (ECB) ticket; Senator Jeff Klein even wrote a letter on her behalf to the ECB. But Gennarelli was ticketed yet again on Saturday, November 14 and Thursday, November 19.

“I fight [the tickets] because I refuse to pay for something that isn’t my fault,” Gennarelli said.

Gennarelli has lived on E. Tremont Avenue between Philip and Randall avenues since 1996. In 2000 or 2001, the city extended a bus stop from the corner of E. Tremont and Randall avenues, in front of Pete’s Donut Shop & Restaurant, up further, in front of five private homes, the widow said. The bus stop is designed to hold two tandem buses, Gennarelli added.

Prior to the change, the city consulted Community Board 10, but Gennarelli, who returns home from work in Manhattan at around 7 p.m., wasn’t able to attend the meeting, she explained. Not only are Gennarelli and her neighbors ticketed for trash, buses and bus passengers often block her driveway, she said.

Some two years ago, Gennarelli purchased a trashcan for the bus stop. She locked it to a pole but when the city Department of Sanitation stopped by to take the trash, the trashcan was unlocked and stolen, Gennarelli said. When Klein interceded, she spoke to a DSNY supervisor who told her that trashcans are only allowed on corners.

The supervisor had Gennarelli’s property observed and found her guilty of no violations. But the ticket barrage didn’t end. Gennarelli thinks that the city uses ECB tickets to raise revenue; her tickets have all been excused.


georgetheatheist said...

You know the Tremont section of the Bronx is one of the nicest areas in all of NYC. No crapification . . yet. If it wasn't for the outrageous tolls on the bridges, I'd move there.

Queens Crapper said...

That's why they write tickets there. People in nice areas tend to actually pay them. Writing tickets in the ghetto isn't nearly as profitable.

georgetheatheist said...

There are no "ghettos" in America.

Anonymous said...

As much as I would like to blame the city , it's the pigs who litter who are the problem. In my family we carry our trash to a trash barrel that is not overflowing (which is getting harder and harder to find, for that I CAN blame the city).

Taxpayer said...

Anonymous said:
"As much as I would like to blame the city , it's the pigs who litter who are the problem."

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Yes, it's the pigs who toss garbage and trash who cause the problem.

But, feel free to blame the city. Particularly the Commissar. He's the manager.

This Commissar wants the money. He has no interest of any kind in clean and neat neighborhoods. (Neighborhoods exist to steal and transfer to wealthy developers, anyway.)

No, this lazy, arrogant, dull-minded Commissar refuses to deploy Sanitation workers to catch and fine the pigs who throw the trash.

The Commissar believes that a homeowner can always be found and a lien placed on the property. The bus passengers skip and refuse to pay and the Commissar has no recourse.

The cops call it a dollar collar.

Rosanna Gennarelli needs a lawyer who will savage the Commissar until he is stopped.

Astoria Homeowner said...

This is also a failure in zoning.

Today, zoning is fixed on one point - trying to shorehorn as many people into one area as possible.

All sorts of incompatable activities are thrown together.

For example, years ago we had no retail establishments and factories near our block.

Not much in trash.

The bright lights in our community board (you know, CB one in Queens, the one they call the community board from hell?)thought it ok to put in retail even on our block.

So now we get a steady stream of pedestrians (its Queens so we know what class most of them are) tossing papers and caps and the like on our sidewalk. The local retail stores now have boxes of trash for pickup on the sidewalk.

Rats abound.

Meanwhile our local shopping areas are dying, with either closed stores, 3rd world daycare or medical clinics or barbar shops, and stores with branches in South Bronx, Corona, or Jamaica so you can imagine what their merchandise (and clientale) looks like.

But they will vote solid Democratic ticket so that is all that matters, eh Joe Crowley?

Anonymous said...

This woman's hope is in the press. When the local community board and city council member are having a bad press day, they will help her.