The driver of a U-Haul truck recently pulled up to a dead-end block in East New York, Brooklyn, unloaded hunks of a cut tree — including branches and the chopped-up stump — and drove away.

He didn’t know that Department of Sanitation enforcement officers and the agency’s police force had recently installed a hidden camera nearby to catch illegal garbage dumpers. After observing him in the act, sanitation cops found the suspect a few blocks away and issued a summons that ran thousands of dollars.

The cameras are one part of a new effort to stem illegal dumping and other trash issues, which have seen an uptick around the city since the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Frank Esposito, the chief of enforcement for the department.

Katie Honan/THE CITY Sanitation workers have found everything from a piano to concrete slabs to old furniture while working to clean up the city’s streets. The driver of a U-Haul truck recently pulled up to a dead-end block in East New York, Brooklyn, unloaded hunks of a cut tree […]

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  1. I applaud them for doing that but how about some agency or politicians that run around the city looking for a photo opt do something about the fruit stores on Utica Ave between Linden and Snyder Aves and Church Ave between East 51 and 52nd st. They are using up most of the sidewalks to put the fruits and vegetables leaving little room on the sidewalk for you to walk. If that’s not all there is always a crowd waiting for coconut water, their deliveries taking up all the walking room, or their empty garbage boxes stored on the sidewalk. East Flatbush is now on the list for the rise in Covid and people are wondering why. You can’t pass with a shopping cart, baby stroller or even pass safely without being less than a foot away from someone. It’s being done because nobody cares about what happens to us. You can complain to 311 but to no avail. Nick Perry’s office is across the street from two of said fruit stores. He just smiles that insipid smile of his and walks away. We see Farrah Louis around when she needed votes. PLEASE DO A STORY ON THIS PROBLEM. HELP US TO STAY SAFE.

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