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Fine by him: Mayor has no opinion on deadly trash hauler, and ‘no plans’ to stop city from hiring it

Business as usual: Mayor DeBlasio said he has no personal opinion on private garbage collector Action Carting — whose drivers have killed five and injured dozens more while behind the wheel over the past decade — after promising to look into the company when asked about it at a press conference on April 12.
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Whatever it takes to get the job done.

Mayor DeBlasio is okay with the city’s multi-million-dollar business with private-sanitation company Action Carting, whose drivers have hit and killed five people in the last decade, according to his spokesman.

“There are no plans to sever contracts with the company at this time,” said Eric Phillips. “The mayor does not have a personal opinion about this company.”

Phillips relayed his boss’s comments after Hizzoner — while taking questions at an unrelated press conference on April 12 — said he wasn’t aware of the trash collector’s history of recklessness on the road, and promised to look into it in order to form an opinion.

“I’m concerned about the issue, but I’m not familiar with the specifics. So, this is one where I have to in a very straightforward way say I need to get you an answer because I don’t have the facts to be able to give you the full answer,” DeBlasio said. “Anything involving safety, I’m concerned about. We’re certainly not afraid to take aggressive action if there is a safety problem, but I need to get briefed on this before I can give you a good answer.”

The private hauler — which authorities slapped with nearly 2,000 violations since 2012, 342 of which are criminal — raked in a whopping $104,286,930 via city contracts since 2007, records show.

And less than a year ago, the firm racked up its latest fatality when one of its truckers plowed into 27-year-old cyclist Neftaly Ramirez in Greenpoint while behind the wheel without the proper license, then fled the scene.

Police issued that driver a summons four months after the deadly collision, and the district attorney let the man off the hook in January after a separate investigation by his prosecutors did not find enough evidence to convict him.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 5:45 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Silent Sam from Brooklyn says:
Have you ever met the people who run Action Carting fka Action Sanitation. I have; I have signed contracts with them. They make Paulie Walnuts look like a nun. There is a reason heads used to nod knowingly when Tony Soprano mentioned he was in sanitation. No one will be breaking those contracts. Those damn trucks are huge and I stay on the sidewalk whenever I hear or see them in my nabe.
April 23, 9:36 am
Old time Brooklyn from Slope says:
The da cannot convict
April 23, 1:22 pm
Mustache Pete from Windsor Terrace says:
Maybe I wouldn't find the amiably corrupt de Blaze so annoying if he weren't also so dense.
April 23, 6:40 pm
Mayor from New York City says:
I do not know anything or think anything. Not now, not ever.
April 24, 3:43 am
djx from Harlem says:
Get away from street, even far away from the edge of sidewalk, when those trucks are coming.
April 24, 8:24 am
Fred from Windsor Terrace says:
How much has the carting firm paid to DiBlasio or his “charities.”
April 24, 12:56 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Too much Fred. They might as well have flushed their money down the toilet.
April 24, 7 pm
Jon from Bay Ridge says:
Everyone who voted for corrupt DeBozo is to blame for this and all the other wasteful and corrupt things this communist does. This city is quickly going to hell with this moron as NYC mayor.
April 25, 12:17 am
Heidi Wang from China says:
He is lucky yum-yum Chinese mayor <3
April 25, 11:36 am
Brooklyn Boy from Park Slope says:
Because the drivers are unlicensed. And that's because theyre illegals. That's why DeBlasio won't look into it. That's why he won't release the name of the driver who also killed that cyclist at 4th and Atlantic last year. It destroys his sanctuary agenda. Not so virtuous with the chalk lines and bloodstains on it.
April 25, 12:52 pm
Brooklyn Boy from Park Slope says:
Rudy! Come back!!!!!
April 25, 12:53 pm
Homey from Crooklyn says:
DeBlasio...the emptiest of all suits
April 25, 2:33 pm

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