Sunday, September 22, 2013

Nothing Succeeds Like Sukkah Success

Above shows my second complaint to 311 made on Sunday afternoon/early evening of 9/22/13.  I never heard any response to the original 311 reply from a promised visit of a community affairs police officer.  So, I decided to personally revisit the intersection to see if anything transpired.  Lo and behold on visiting the site again (71st Road and Main Street) in Kew Gardens Hills, a second law-breaking sukkah (in blue) was seen next to the original law-breaker!  Photos below.  Insult to injury?  Where did that come from?  And just what is going on here?

In any event, here's the response from 311.  Note the wording:  "The Police Department responded to the complaint and took action to fix the condition".  Well that's a relief!  No?  And just what is that "action"?  "It will be down by wednesday".    That's right folks, your sworn-to-uphold-the-law servant, the NYC Police Department, has acquiesed in the blatant breaking of the law for 3 more days!

By the way, I received a phone call from Officer Jackson of the 107 Precinct who had read my complaint above.  He wanted to know more information.  He told me that he was going to send a sector car over to see what was going on.  I received a return call from Officer Jackson who told me that the visiting officers were not going to ask that the sukkah be removed immediately but went along with the restaurant owner saying that the sukkah would be removed on Wednesday.  Officer Jackson mentioned that there were "religious sensitivities" to be taken into account.

And there you have it.  Some people thumb their noses at the law and get away with it.

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