Senator Liu's Facebook staff told me to reach out to you regarding idling construction vehicles at 36-23 172 St. Friday, August 9 it began at 5:00 AM and went on for the rest of the day. Today, Monday, August 12 it began at 2:00 AM and has continued since.
At 2:00 this morning 2 dump trucks parked on 172 Street between 39 Ave and Crocheron Ave and idled on and off until 7:00 AM when construction began at the above address. At one point one of the trucks idled for over 60 minutes.
Attached are video and the license plate of the vehicle that was idling for 60 minutes.
Reports have been filed with 311 for idling vehicle noise and odor from idling vehicle, but these reports do no good when an inspector comes and the problem isn't occurring at that time.
I happened to run into the inspector from the DEP yesterday, and he assisted me with filing idling complaints for these vehicles.
A Citizens Complaint has been filed for the incident on the morning of 8/12/19, report 2019-4534. As this happened again this morning, reports 2019-4540 and 2019-4534 have also been filed. While the above reports take care of the idling violation, these trucks also block private driveways and park in fire hydrants in addition to being noisy in the middle of the night.
Unsurprisingly, you never followed up on this complaint. Trucks continue to arrive to this site at all hours of the night: 12:30 AM, 2:00 AM, 4:00 AM. And now I find myself absolutely unable to enjoy my weekend because someone approved a Saturday work permit (permit 421679142). Trucks have been racing up and down 172 Street since 5:30 this morning, beeping, honking horns constantly, grinding their gears. Calls to 311 do nothing because they come days after the problem is gone, only for it to return again during the night.
This is not Manhattan. This is a quiet, residential street in Flushing; there is absolutely no need for approval of a Saturday work permit. None. Stop destroying neighborhoods and communities and do something about this.
Patel is State Senator John Liu's deputy chief of staff.