Years of illegal dumping and parking along the Westchester-Bronx border have disgusted Yonkers officials and residents and are now calling on New York City to bring the situation under control.
Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano has called on New York City and the Department of Transportation to clean up illegal dumping on the Deegan Highway.
Spano says there is a lot of confusion along the I-87 shoulder and service lanes on the Yonkers-Bronx border. According to the New York State Highway Department, Spano said the road where illegal dumping is taking place (south of McLean’s Avenue exit) is controlled by the city of New York.
In recent months, there have been several complaints from residents about furniture, tires and even cabinets littering the streets. Mayor Spano also noted that illegal dumping, which encourages rodent infestations, is most prevalent near Van Cortland Park, which is visited by residents of both Yonkers and the Bronx.
In addition to illegal dumping, commercial trucker trailers have been reported parked or idling along the main thoroughfare, causing visibility problems for drivers.
Interstate 87 is the gateway to the Hudson Valley, and the trash makes visitors who pass through feel unwelcome, Spano said.
“There are easy fixes: cleanup and enforcement,” added Mayor Spano. “No one should dump in our community.”
“Nobody wants to see it, nobody wants to see it! I’ll put it away. I’m not supposed to do it after them,” says Maurice O’Sullivan of Yonkers.
New York City health officials believe dishonest contractors are often the culprits, and will impose a $4,000 fine for each offense, plus confiscate the vehicle if found.