2004-12-16 / Other News

Three Of Six Illegal Boro Dumpers Are Caught In The Act In Canarsie

Preston Court, just off Ralph Avenue, the site of most of the Brooklyn illegal dumping, probably because of the number of auto junk yards there.

Preston Court, just off Ralph Avenue, the site of most of the Brooklyn illegal dumping, probably because of the number of auto junk yards there. Three out of six suspects who dumped material illegally in Brooklyn last month were caught using two dumping spots in the Canarsie area, Sanitation Department officials said.

Although there were only ten incidents throughout the city where Sani-tation agents apprehended suspects and impounded their vehicles, only three took place outside of Brooklyn, one each in The Bronx, Manhattan and Queens.

Two of the dumping incidents in the local area happened at 5606 Pres-ton Court and another at 5710 Preston Court. Both sections are located just off Ralph Avenue near East 57 Street, an area that is replete with junk yards and auto supply lots that sell used auto parts.

The Sanitation Department’s task force, composed of plainclothes en-forcement officers in unmarked cars, monitors known dumping locations — like Preston Court — and seizes the vehicles of illegal dumpers caught in the act. They can also make arrests, if warranted.

The owner of the vehicle is subject to severe fines and will be held re-sponsible for the actions of the driver, regardless of whether he or she is present during the act. Currently, fines start at $1,500 and range as high as $20,000 per summons. The illegal dumper must also pay the city a cleanup cost for the dumped material, generally about $150 per cubic yard. Charles Rogers

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