The streets near Canarsie Cemetery continue to be haunted by tractor-trailers parked illegally at the curb overnight.
“It seems like they are always there. It’s an embarrassment,” contended area resident Frank Romolo, during the December meeting of the United Canarsie South Civic Association (UCSCA), which was held at the Hebrew Educational Society (HES), 9502 Seaview Avenue.
Romolo said that, recently, one truck has been parked at the border of the cemetery, between East 88th and East 89th Street, for two days, even though officers from the 69th Precinct have targeted the area for enforcement because of ongoing complaints from local residents.
In a subsequent interview, Captain Milt Marmara, the precinct’s commanding officer, said that officers from the precinct regularly address the problem, booting and towing those trucks that are illegally parked.
In the last month, Marmara said, two trucks parked near the cemetery had been booted and one had been towed.
“Through the years, we’ve seen that ticketing alone hasn’t worked,” Marmara stressed.
One issue with the illegally parked trucks, noted Marmara, is that they compromise visibility for drivers coming down the streets where they have been left, especially if they are parked near the corners.
There are a couple of “chronic” locations in the neighborhood, Marmara noted: Foster Avenue, near the Terminal Market, as well as near the cemetery.
“We like to do monthly enforcement when we tow them away,” he added.
And, if truck-owners don’t comply with the law, the enforcement measures will go on. “We will continue to tow them, continue to boot them, continue to summons them until they stop their actions and until we stop getting complaints,” Marmara affirmed.
Canarsie doesn’t necessarily have a larger problem with the illegally parked trucks than other neighborhoods, Marmara said.
“Because Canarsie is a very quiet residential community, it comes to the forefront more,” he explained. “Places where you have more crime, that is the issue. Where things are good, it brings smaller things to light. It’s definitely not just Canarsie.”