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Pols push law to get garbage trucks off E. 10th St.

Above, back in August, state Senator Brad Hoylman, Congressmember Carolyn Maloney and Assemblymember Deborah Glick (not pictured), held a press conference on E. 10th St. to demand that the Department of Sanitation stop parking garbage trucks on the street. (Courtesy Brad Hoylman’s office / Twitter)

BY THE VILLAGE SUN | State Senator Brad Hoylman and Assemblymember Deborah Glick announced legislation to ban New York City Department of Sanitation trucks from parking overnight on city streets. The legislation was introduced more than 14 months after Department of Sanitation vehicles began parking nightly on E. 10th Street, a primarily residential street.

“Garbage trucks parked overnight in residential neighborhoods? That stinks!” Hoylman said when the legislation was announced on Nov. 2. “For far too long, the Department of Sanitation has used E. 10th St. as its personal parking lot, forcing residents to endure rotten smells and extreme noise pollution. This legislation…will finally end this ridiculous practice. We must ban garbage trucks from parking overnight on residential streets so we can protect the quality of life in every corner of our city. I’m grateful to Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Councilmember Carlina Rivera and Community Board 3 for their ongoing advocacy on this issue that has had a devastating impact on our residents and small businesses.”

Glick said, “For over a year, the New York City Department of Sanitation has been inappropriately parking garbage trucks overnight on residential streets in our neighborhood. This disruptive practice has negatively affected local residents and small businesses by taking up valuable parking space, adding to noise pollution, detracting from our community’s quality of life, and introducing vermin and foul odors in front of residences. I look forward to working with Senator Hoylman to require the Department of Sanitation to find a suitable solution to this problem that has persisted for far too long. There is no doubt in my mind that sanitation trucks would not be parked on residential streets in Park Slope.”

Calling the trucks parking on the East Village street “unacceptable,” Congressmember Maloney praised the two lawmakers for introducing the legislation.

“It is absolutely unacceptable that residents, businesses, and our local communities are suffering from the foul smell of garbage that lingers throughout their blocks due to overnight parking of sanitation trucks,” Maloney said. “Earlier this year, I called on the New York City Department of Sanitation, along with Senator Hoylman and Assemblymember Glick, to create an immediate solution and remove the sanitation tricks parked along E. 10th St. and various other locations around the city. I applaud Senator Hoylman and Assemblymember Glick for standing up for our communities, once again, by introducing this legislation to amend New York City’s administrative code and ban garbage trucks from parking on city streets overnight.”

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer also said that it “just plain stinks” to park garbage trucks overnight in residential neighborhoods. 

“I thank Senator Hoylman and Assemblymember Glick for introducing legislation to bar this from ever happening again,” she said.

“These garbage trucks have ruined 10th St. business activity and residents’ quality of life for over a year,” added Councilmember Carlina Rivera. “I want to thank Senator Hoylman and Assemblymember Glick for this legislation to address this health and safety situation citywide.”

Since September 2018, the Department of Sanitation has parked garbage trucks on E. 10th Street between First and Second Aves. from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. every night and all day on Sundays. Even after months of public outcry and a commitment from City Hall to address the issue, Sanitation continues to use this street as a parking lot for garbage trucks. 

The Hoylman-Glick legislation would prohibit any vehicle operated by the city’s Department of Sanitation that is used for garbage disposal or transportation from parking overnight on a New York City street.

The Department of Sanitation has said it is looking for a garage space to park the trucks but that it’s hard to find one. The trucks were displaced from their parking lot in Chelsea because the site was slated for development.

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