2004-02-13 / Community

Illegal Dumper Nabbed, Truck Impounded

By Brian Magoolaghan
Illegal Dumper Nabbed, Truck Impounded By Brian Magoolaghan

A Far Rockaway man’s truck was seized by the city’s illegal dumping task force after he was caught unloading construction debris on an Arverne street last month.

Andrew Strowder, of 20-17 Cornaga Avenue, Far Rockaway, is among 14 men busted in January by the Depart ment of Sanitation’s Citywide Illegal Dumping Task Force, according to Sani tation Commissioner John Doher ty. The men were arrested in separate incidents throughout the city.

The January impounds included six in Brooklyn, five in Queens, and one in each of the remaining boroughs. Fines for illegal dumping start at $1,500 and go as high as $20,000 per summons. The vehicle used by the dumper is im pounded, regardless of who owns it, and they also have to pay the city a clean up cost of about $150 per cubic yard.

Strowder could lose his red 1988 Chev rolet truck, and he may have to pay $450 in cleanup costs alone. He allegedly dumped three cubic yards of construction and demolition debris.

People who see illegal dumping can help put a stop to it by calling the city’s Illegal Dump er Tips Program – just dial 311. Any one who provides information leading to the conviction or a fine may receive a bounty of up to half of the fine imposed.

Strowder could not be reached for comment.

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