DSNY withdraws tickets wrongfully issued to Bronx family
The New York City Department of Sanitation has withdrawn multiple tickets wrongfully issued to a family living on St. Lawrence Avenue.
Siblings Charles and Margaret Kempadoo have lived at 1310 St. Lawrence Ave. -- which has a clean, empty driveway -- for 15 years. Next door is house No. 1308, with its broken windows and doors and mounds of trash in the driveway. It's abandoned and currently owned by the city.
The Kempadoos and their mother were ticketed multiple times for the heaps of trash. Charles said he spoke with a sanitation supervisor who told him to make a sign telling ticket officers that the driveway next door is not theirs. It didn't work, however, as they again received tickets on Feb. 6, 15 and 27.
The family reached out to News 12 on Monday, and a response was given by the Sanitation Department on Thursday.
Chief Keith Mellis, of the DSNY, said that after a thorough investigation, it was concluded that the violations were indeed issued to the wrong address and will be withdrawn.
"The department will contact the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings to have the remaining notice of violations withdrawn from prosecution," Mellis said in a statement.