Councilman Greenfield Asks Utility Companies To Consider The Jewish Holidays Before Making Housecalls

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Last month during the second day of celebration for Rosh Hashanah, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) towed vehicles after posting a note the day before, a time when operating a vehicle is not permitted.

Councilman David Greenfield has noticed a rise in the occurrence of similar events during the holidays and wants utility companies and city agencies to remember the Jewish holidays before performing any routine work.

He sent a letter to the agencies to make them more aware of the issue in the hopes of preventing these types of disruptions, according to the Yeshiva World News.

In the letter, Greenfield asks that for non-emergency work Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Shavuos, and the first two and last two days of Sukkot and Passover be noted in agency planning calendars.

He says, “I was dismayed to find the city towing cars from in front of a shul while the community was observing Rosh Hashanah. These types of situations can easily be avoided with better communication and planning by our city agencies and utility companies. This is a simple request on behalf of local families while they are observing major religious holidays.”

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