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Local Leaders Urge Law Enforcers To Combat Commercial Vehicles On Residential Streets


With commercial vehicle parking on residential streets growing as a quality of life issue in Bensonhurst, Community Board 11 leaders have decided to take action.

Community Board 11 Chairperson Bill Guarinello and District Manager Marnee Elias-Pavia, have sent a resolution to New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly asking for more police enforcement overnight. They hope that frequent monitoring of this illegal parking will help mitigate this problem.

“Parking is difficult enough for residents in our community without all of the box trucks, buses and vans, which are registered as passenger vehicles but meet the definition of a commercial vehicle as defined by law, that park overnight,” Elias-Pavia wrote in the resolution.

According to the Department of Transportation, commercial vehicles cannot park on residential streets between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. A violation of this rule may result in a $65 ticket for the vehicle-owner.

Still, Elias-Pavia said that the number of commercial vehicles bending this rule in Bensonhurst is only getting greater. With this community becoming a “pilot project” for traffic enforcement, she hopes that this can change.

“We need consistent enforcement,” Elias-Pavia said. “Parking in Bensonhurst is difficult enough. We need to address this quality of life issue.”

Here is the letter Community Board 11 has sent to NYPD brass, urging stronger enforcement to keep commercial vehicles off residential streets:

October 17, 2012

Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly
One Police Plaza
New York, New York 10038

Dear Commissioner Kelly:

At the general meeting of Community Board 11 held on Thursday, October 11, 2012, a resolution was unanimously adopted calling upon the New York City Police Department to initiate a pilot project within our district to aggressively and consistently enforce overnight commercial parking on our streets.

Parking is difficult enough for residents in our community without all of the box trucks, buses and vans, which are registered as passenger vehicles but meet the definition of a commercial vehicle as defined by law, that park overnight.

The 62nd Precinct enforces the commercial parking regulations on residential streets; however, we believe enforcement by a task force or Traffic Enforcement Agents that are assigned during the evening hours on a consistent basis would address this quality of life issue.

Presently, it appears that operators and or owners of commercial vehicles chalk-up a $65 summons as the price of doing business. However, continual and focused enforcement may incentivize those that avoid paying for off-street parking for commercial vehicles.

If you require any additional information, please contact me.

Marnee Elias-Pavia
District Manager

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  1. William Guarinello (Chairman) and Marnee Elias-Pavia (Manager) of Community Board 11 are too busy with their own agendas to protect the residents living in this community. I have never lived in a community that had so many issues neither the Community Board nor the Police Community Team has done anything that contributed to the well being of the residents.
    -cars are constrantly double parked, especially on 18th Avenue right next to the fire station which causes problems for the fire trucks to get out of their garage..
    -Commerical vechicles parking overnight on the streets taking away parking spaces from the people who live in this community..
    -trucks use local streets as a truck route causing residents to deal with the fumes and noise 24/7.
    -cars parked by No Parking Anytime Sign which makes it difficult for emergency vechicles to turn the corner. Motorists are constantly honking to try and get around whatever is parked in the No Parking Area.
    -Drunken people loitering and littering on private properties.
    -Motorists idling their cars for long periods of time as they sit and eat in front of by No Parking Anytime Sign (Benson Avenue) or by Fire Hydrant (Bay 19th Street).
    -Bicyclists driving on sidewalks narrowly missing pedistrians.
    -More businesses which are causing more traffic on our narrow 1 way streets which will increase the traffic, emissions, noise, loitering and littering.
    -Motorists speeding to make traffic light on Benson Avenue going towards 18th Avenue. Also, Motorists passing traffic light on many occassions. As well as motorists not even attempting to Stop at Stop Sign located on Bay 19th Street going to Benson Avenue
    -People urinating by people’s homes.
    – Motorcycle Shop that just closed up which forced this community to deal with their motorcycle races, fumes and noise on a regular basis.
    -Party Room that has rented out their place to party goers that make noise until the early hours of the morning.
    This is a brief listing of the problems that have been going on in this community for years and the sad part is both the Community Board 11 and The Police Community Team are very much aware of this and more and no one of any authority has done anything to resolve these issues.
    We know that these people do not live in this neighborhood!


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