Monday, June 26, 2017
Constituent makes plea to Jimmy Van Bramer
Councilman Van Bramer,
Here in Long Island City, we've come to learn that change is inevitable. The residents here have become used to construction, construction noise, construction vehicles blocking streets and traffic -- and we've also become used to our complaints being ignored by 311 or our local politicians and community boards.
On any given day in Long Island City there are probably 5 construction or demolition sites in any 5 block radius. It's happening. But now, not even weekends are immune to the disruption and noise...starting as early as 7am in the morning on a Sunday with and without official permits.
Complaints to 311 are ineffective. However, according to 311, "after-hours noise" is "Monday to Friday before 7:00 AM or after 6:00 PM, or anytime on Saturday or Sunday without special authorization."
Sure, we can blame the developers and the inconsiderate and shady construction and demolition companies (who are most certainly non-union). But whoever is making the rules granting "special authorization" for weekend work is a blight on this neighborhood. Who are the enforcers of the rules? Because they are certainly absent on the weekends.
Can you help? The quality of life of the residents of Long Island City is being held hostage by these companies. And there is no end in sight." - Eileen