2004-08-13 / Community

City Seizes Dumper’s Trucks in Rockaway

By Carrie Jones

Two men were fined and had their trucks impounded in Rockaway after they were caught dumping construction debris in the community.

In a July sweep that seized and impounded 17 vehicles around New York City, truck owners Joseph A. Nerys of Rockaway and D. Rakesh Bissoondutt of Miami, Florida were nabbed by plainclothes Sanitation Police Officers attached to the Department of Sanitation’s Citywide Illegal Dumping Task Force.

“The Illegal Dumping Task Force is the City’s front line against illegal dumpers who shamefully use our streets and lots as their personal dumping ground,” said Sanitation Commissioner Doherty.

Nerys dumped one cubic yard (about the size of a kitchen trash pail) of sheetrock, metal and cardboard on 63 Street and Decosta Avenue.

Bissoondutt dumped three cubic yards of concrete and bricks on Beach 80 Street and Rockaway Freeway.

Both dumpers were issued summonses and will have to make a court appearance, where their guilt or innocence will be determined and a fine issued, if appropriate. The driver of each truck was given a summons as well, according to Department of Sanitation procedures.

Fines start at $1500 and go up to $20,000 per summons, plus a cleanup fee which is generally $150 per cubic yard of dumped material.

“Illegal dumping is against the law. If you do it, you will get caught,” said Doherty.

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