The following is a press release from the offices of Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz:
Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D-Brooklyn) says a Sheepshead Bay car wash calling itself ‘Z Best’ is actually ‘Z Loudest’ – and he’s supporting a city agency’s petition for a cease-and-desist order against the “noisy neighbor” business.
Cymbrowitz, who represents the community where the Coney Island Avenue car wash is located, says his office has been flooded with calls during the past year from residential neighbors complaining about the constant racket coming from the business’s machinery, “interrupting their sleep and their daily lives.”
He contacted the city’s Department of Environmental Protection, which has issued numerous violations to the car wash for excessive noise. Commissioner Carter H. Strickland, Jr. of DEP told Assemblyman Cymbrowitz that if the noise complaints persisted, his agency would ask the city’s Environmental Control Board to issue a cease-and-desist order.
Frustrated neighbors kept calling Cymbrowitz’s office, and now the DEP has taken the promised next step. Assemblyman Cymbrowitz has written to the Environmental Control Board in support of DEP’s request to stop the car wash from inflicting further noise on the surrounding neighborhood.
Cymbrowitz called the action “long overdue for a business that has consistently flouted the law and turned a deaf ear to concerns from its residential neighbors in the community.”
“In a neighborhood where most businesses strive to be good neighbors and to develop a rapport with the people who will potentially be their customers, this particular business’s persistent arrogance and blatant disregard of both the law and common decency is extremely disturbing,” he wrote.
Once a cease-and-desist order is granted, the car wash’s equipment will be sealed, Assemblyman Cymbrowitz said. If the car wash attempts to do business, heavy fines are imposed. DEP can then return to the Environmental Control Board and ask for the business to be closed, he said.
“Out of respect to my constituents and the many hardworking neighborhood business owners who are careful to work within the law, I urge you to take quick action against Z Best Car Wash and protect the public from this nuisance. My community has tolerated its presence long enough. It’s time to shut this business down,” Cymbrowitz said.