A rep from a co-op on East Seventh Street wrote in … noting that the building had been hit with a "plague of litter summonses" of late… all of them citing "litter within 18 inches of the curb."
The question: Any other people/buildings in the neighborhood getting fined ($100 for the first offense) like this?
The residents feel as if their building has been singled out (they have received two within 11 days).
We looked at this PDF at the Department of Sanitation for an explanation on enforcement …
Residential Premise Enforcement Routing
Under the Enforcement Routing Program, enforcement agents patrol all areas including commercial, industrial, manufacturing and residential blocks at specified times focusing on violations for dirty sidewalks, dirty areas and failure to clean 18 inches into the street. During the enforcement routing time, when enforcement agents observe a dirty sidewalk, dirty area or an 18-inch violation in front of/adjacent to a residential premise, a notice of violation will be issued. Although enforcement agents will issue notices for dirty sidewalk, dirty area, or failure to clean 18 inches into the street violations only during the specified 2 one-hour daily routing time periods, they may issue notices for all other violations at any time.
Residential routing times citywide have been set as follows:
8:00 AM to 8:59 AM and 6:00 PM to 6:59 PM
This issue of the Journal of the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary from May 2014 has a footnote-heavy article titled "Fighting Dirty Sidewalk Tickets in New York City."