Anyhoo, Carmen dashed off the below letter. We'll be sure to press Senator Adams for a quick resolution, and I trust you will all come out to meet with the Dept of Sanitation. Stay tuned.
I am writing to you to air my absolute frustration over the situation of Isaac Pollak, the illegal dumper in our neighborhood. Since filing a Citizen's Complaint and securing enforcement against Mr. Pollak, a number of things have happened. First of all, the violation of illegal dumping was somehow dismissed against Mr. Pollak. I showed up to ECB court for the adjudication date and Mr. Pollak did not show up. I received word that she showed up the following day with a lawyer and presented "evidence" that cleared him of the violation. Since then, I have personally seen Mr. Pollak dumping his garbage in my neighborhood three times. Several community members have witnessed him dumping construction garbage in our neighborhood as well. We have called 311 and followed all recommended protocol, but Mr. Pollak has faced absolutely no repercussions for his illegal actions. Aside from Mr. Pollak's actions being illegal, he is also posing a danger to our community. During the illegal dumping, Mr. Pollak parks his minivan on the sidewalk, blocking access to the crosswalk. On more than one occasion, Mr. Pollak has come dangerously close to running over pedestrians, including children in baby strollers (myself and my baby included). When confronted, Mr. Pollak speeds away, running red lights and oftentimes driving on the sidewalk. On two occasions I observed him throwing his trash out of his vehicle while it was moving. These incidents have occurred throughout our community on an almost daily basis with no end in sight.
Several existing issues exacerbate this ongoing illegal dumping problem. First, there is nonexistent police presence in the Prospect Lefferts Gardens community, giving Mr. Pollak free reign to dump his garbage in our neighborhood. Secondly, enforcement is quite honestly a joke. Myself and the members of my community have followed all recommended action and NOTHING has happened. We feel like we are not being taken seriously and have reached a point where we don't know what to do. Accepting Mr. Pollak's dumping is not an option. On the contrary, lack of enforcement on this glaring dumping issue is leaving the community with little option aside from provoking a serious confrontation with Mr. Pollak. As you can imagine, this has the potential for not ending well, but allowing this to continue is unacceptable.
If the Department of Sanitation truly takes illegal dumping seriously, then it is past due time that this matter is dealt with accordingly. Mr. Pollack has been dumping his garbage in our neighborhood for approximately two years now and there is no end in sight.
Thank you for your time.