Monday, July 14, 2014
Braunstein to introduce clothing box legislation...in January
They’re popping up all over the city, even though they’re illegal and appear to be a scam. One legislator, however, has vowed to eliminate clothing drop boxes, or at least make it much more difficult for the large, metal, cube shaped receptacles to be left on sidewalks in New York’s five boroughs and around the state. For many New Yorkers, the new regulations can’t come soon enough.
The announcement by Assemblyman Edward Braunstein about a new bill in to more quickly remove the clothing bins was made in front of Lawrence Cemetery in Bayside, Queens. The quarter acre burial ground is named after the Lawrence Family, which settled in Queens in 1644. Now, however, settled right next to the historic cemetery’s fence, is a bright pink, metal clothing drop box.
Under the bill being introduced by Braunstein, a Bayside Democrat, the illegally placed clothing boxes would be treated more like illegally parked cars — where big action is taken, fast. In the case of the boxes, they’d be confiscated after just a few days of citation.
However, there’s one caveat. “[The legislature is] off session in Albany, but I’ll introduce the bill as soon as we get back in January,” Braunstein told PIX11 News.