I want to publicly thank State Senator Tony Avella for his concern and action on behalf of his constituents regarding the rules and regulations for placing refuse out for collection. Citizens may be fined if they place refuse out for collection before 5 p.m. from May to September and before 4 p.m. from October to April the day before it is to be picked up.
In a response to my letter and other complaints, Avella indicated that the Department of Sanitation ignored the City Administration Procedure Act’s (CAPA) requirements prior to implementing the rules regarding refuse collection.
The department failed to comply with the rule-making process by not publishing the policy and giving notice to the public, and never holding a public hearing.
This situation is a perfect example of what freedom-loving Americans fear most from their government: oppressive bureaucratic coerciveness, unrestrained fervor to modify behavior, attempts to raise revenues at every opportunity, and lack of accountability.