Karen Nieves of the board's Transportation Committee said many trucks often park illegally overnight and drive on residential streets, instead of using the designated commercial routes. More importantly, she said they were still waiting on the department to do a study on the issue.
“We really need an overall comprehensive study,” she said.
Palmieri said the best way to fix the problems is to know specific locations where violations are taking place. Palmieri also said they can’t enforce illegally parked trucks, but do work with the NYPD and Department of Sanititation.
Deputy Inspector Mark DiPaolo of the 90th Precinct said they are aware of the trucks, but often find that many of them arrive early in the morning, prepare for their deliveries and leave the trucks in idle.
Also, so far this year the precinct has conducted two operations to stop illegal truck parking and have issued more than 100 summonses.
Board member Esteban Duran said not only do trucks driving on residential streets cause traffic problems, but they also create a large amount of noise as well.
“You feel the building shake,” he said.
Resident Stephanie Eisenberg asked Palmieri what the city plans to do about the road near East River State Park. She said it is dangerous for people to cross the street, because bicyclists never yield and there isn’t a rumble strip.
After seeing one child break his arm and her grandson almost get run over last year, Eisenberg is fed up.
“You have to do something,” she said. “They [DOT] know about this situation. It has been bad for several years.”