Brooklyn — Councilman David G. Greenfield intervened today, on the afternoon of Erev Pesach, to prevent the towing of vehicles in the Boro Park section of his district. The Councilman received a number of concerned calls and emails from residents in response to signs that were posted late last night indicating that cars parked after 10pm on Tuesday, April 19th through Wednesday, April 20th, would be towed to allow for a film production in the area by HBO.
“I quickly stepped in to ensure that no cars would be removed during Pesach,” explained Councilman Greenfield. “I reached out to the production company, the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting, the Department of Transportation and the NYPD to find a resolution. It was agreed that all cars parked legally on the blocks of Lawrence, Foster, Parkville and Webster Avenues, between Ocean Parkway and 47th Streets, will not be towed during yom tov. The filming will proceed as scheduled, but HBO’s equipment will be moved to the almost entirely commercial McDonald Avenue to allow for uninterrupted parking on the residential blocks.”
Councilman Greenfield’s office, which is open today and during chol hamoed, addressed not only the parking situation on the side streets off of McDonald, but intervened with the Department of Environmental Protection to have water service quickly restored to homes on 49th Street between 14th and 15th Avenues in Boro Park, and to avoid a shutoff during the first two days of yom tov on 41st Street between 14th and 15th Avenues.
“People always ask me why I keep my office open erev yom tov and on chol hamoed,” said Councilman Greenfield, “and this is why. We are able to resolve constituent concerns by explaining the unique traditions and needs of residents to government agencies to avoid issues that would otherwise interfere with important holidays, like Pesach.” Greenfield went on to explain that he has an arrangement in his office where Jewish staffers take off for the entirety of holidays, like Pesach, and non-Jewish staffers take off for holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. This ensures that there are always staff members to address issues that may arise for all of the Councilman’s diverse constituents.
Councilman Greenfield’s office can be reached at 718-853-2704 and will be open today until 4pm and during chol hamoed, on Thursday from 9am – 6pm and on Friday from 9am until 3pm.
(YWN Desk – NYC)