Residents near abandoned building in the Bronx spar with DOB over dumped trash
Tenants next to an abandoned building in the Bronx say they are tired of trash being illegally dumped in their neighborhood and want more action from the city.
"This issue has been going on since they put up the scaffolding about five, six years ago," said Clifford Rivera, who has lived in the area for more than 18 years.
He says he's disgusted by the trash next to his home.
"Ever since the scaffolding, they just started dumping more garbage. It was bad before the scaffolding, but now it's gotten much worse. My neighbors are all fed up, nobody likes to walk underneath the scaffolding."
News 12 asked the Department of Buildings what it has done to keep the owners of the buildings accountable for the trash.
It said that the sidewalk shed, the 'scaffolding' Rivera referred to, is there to protect pedestrians in that area and will stay until the building is deemed safe.
It also said they've already penalized the owners of the building with almost $100,000 worth of fines, and that the department is not responsible for removing trash.
The Department of Sanitation also tells News 12 that the location is a known site for illegal dumping, that they are monitoring the location and plan to clean up the area.
Residents of this neighborhood say they want the dumping to stop and for all businesses and tenants to be held responsible for their own garbage.