From the Times Newsweekly:
Residents along a Maspeth block worked together to help bust an illegal dumper who was spotted attempting to drop off debris on a vacant lot last Wednesday night, Nov. 10.
Homeowners on Mazeau Street contacted the Sanitation Department and police at about 6:30 p.m. last Wednesday after observing one man and his assistant, who were offloading styrofoam and wooden pallets from a truck onto a site located off the intersection of Mazeau Street and 57th Drive.
According to local residents and activists, the location has allegedly been used by its owner to illegally dump construction debris and other material for many years. Reportedly, in some cases, neighbors observed workers burying trash in holes dug on the site.
After the two men arrived at the Mazeau Street property and attempted to offload debris, neighbors banded together and stood in the driveway leading to the lot to prevent the vehicles from leaving the scene, said civic activist Christina Wilkinson.
“We wouldn’t let one truck through,” said Maspeth resident Linda Daquaro, who recounted the scene on Mazeau Street last Wednesday.
The Sanitation Department was contacted a short time later, and members of its police unit responded to the scene. Matt Lipani, a spokesperson for the DSNY, told the Times Newsweekly that the driver of the truck involved—identified as Youzhang Lin of Eldridge Street in Manhattan—was issued a summons for dumping 12 to 15 cubic yards of debris.
Sanitation police officers also seized the truck, which is registered to Lan N. Son Trading Inc. of Brooklyn.
Lin faces a maximum fine of $2,000 for the offense, which may be challenged in Environmental Control Board court, Lipani added.