A few weeks ago, I got a call from Nassau County legislator Carrie Solages. He told me that residents in one town he represents, Inwood, have had it with a business that’s become an eyesore and a neighborhood blight.
Solages believes Inwood is the forgotten member of the so-called “Five Towns.” The other towns get better treatment.
“This to me is an example of environmental racism,” Solages told me. “And classism as well... All I’m asking is that other layers of government enforce the law.”
Solages thinks David Daniels’ waste hauling company on Gates Avenue is allowed to do what it wants: dumping debris mountains on its property, running huge trucks through the neighborhood and possibly skirting zoning requirements. I met Solages and some of his constituents near the company.
“My brother lives right on this street. The trucks that go down this street all night long,” said Rosemarie Dorn of the Inwood Civic Association.
Dwight Garner has lived in the neighborhood for 27 years. “The debris blows in the yard every day. Every morning I’m picking up papers. I can’t open my windows.”
So I went over to talk to David Daniels to see if perhaps he might be amenable to helping out is neighbors. He wasn’t thrilled to see us. He basically told us to talk to his attorney. I left a few messages, but never heard back.
So you see the problem. If the business doesn’t care about working with its neighbors there’s no way to make life a little better. Let’s see if any of the city or state regulatory agencies cares enough to step in.