Bayside residents spoke out and local authorities took action against a local car dealership that allegedly parked vehicles illegally on the street.
Officers from the 111th Precinct conducted an “aggressive tow operation” at the Star Nissan and Bayside Imports dealership at Northern Boulevard and 202nd Street on Nov. 15.
Over 50 summonses were written at the site, where numerous unlicensed cars would frequently be parked for days at a time on the surrounding streets and sidewalks, according to residents.
Police became aware of the situation after receiving complaints from numerous residents and state Senator Tony Avella, who said that he and officials at the precinct previously warned the business manager that cars would be towed if corrective actions weren’t taken.
Authorities at the precinct informed residents about the operation on Twitter.
— NYPD 111th Precinct (@NYPD111Pct) November 16, 2017
According to New York City law, it is illegal for cars to be parked on the sidewalk or for over seven days in the same spot.
The lawmaker thanked the precinct for its “phenomenal work.”
“As we can all attest, parking around the city is becoming more and more scarce and the last thing residents need is unlicensed vehicles illegally taking up precious space that could be used by seniors to have an easier access to their homes,” Avella said. “I think I speak on behalf of the entire community when I say that the 111th’s work on this matter, and every other matter, is seriously appreciated.”
The manager at Star Nissan and Bayside Imports could not be reached for comment.
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly cited the dealership in question as Bayside Chrysler Jeep Dodge, based on initial information provided by Avella’s office. We regret the error.