Mount Vernon Residents Complain About Street Conditions

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Mount Vernon residents on S. 9th Avenue are upset about litter and congestion on their street.
Mount Vernon residents on S. 9th Avenue are upset about litter and congestion on their street. Photo Credit: Trevor McLain

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – A Mount Vernon business is littering and causing traffic congestion, according to furious S. 9th Avenue residents.

Resident Trevor McLain said the street between Sandford Boulevard and W. 7th Street has become a “regular parking lot” for trucks from DGC Capital, located at 506 S. 9th Ave.  McLain said residents in the neighborhood are being “totally disrespected.”

“The place is so congested, delivery drivers are parking in the middle of the street,” McLain said. “It’s difficult to put into words.”

McLain said garbage is also being dropped on the street by the company and not being picked up.

“We should have a certain civic pride to the extent we can pick up garbage,” McLain said. “Even though we are from a lower socioeconomic neighborhood we should be able to go to our homes.”

City Council President J. Yuhanna Edwards said the city has a new code enforcement officer, adding that the city could only afford to pay for one right night.  Council member Roberta Apuzzo said she will visit the area and discuss the situation with the code enforcement officer.

“What is going on shouldn’t be happening,” Apuzzo said.

Calls to DRG Capital were not returned.

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In Mount Vernon, the city ordinances are ignored and not enforced, or rather selectively enforced, depending on who you know in City Hall. If you don't know anyone, you'll get fined. If you know someone, especially the Mayor, you'll be let alone to do as you want.