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Dedicated Tow Truck to Remove Illegally Parked Vehicles in Council Member Holden’s District

Council Member Robert Holden speaks to an NYPD officer towing an illegally parked vehicle (Photo provided by Council Member Holden’s Office)

April 7, 2022 By Michael Dorgan

The NYPD has allocated a dedicated tow truck to remove vehicles parked illegally in Council Member Robert Holden’s district.

Members of the NYPD Transportation Bureau have begun using the tow truck to haul away vehicles parked illegally on crosswalks, sidewalks, in front of fire hydrants and other places where they create hazards to public safety, Holden’s office announced Wednesday.

The truck will cover Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village, Ridgewood and parts of Woodhaven and Woodside– the neighborhoods that make up Holden’s 30th Council District.

Bob Holden’s 30th Council District where the NYPD tow truck is being deployed (City Council)

The tow truck is operating in the neighborhoods during regular work hours Mondays through Fridays, a spokesperson for Holden’s office said.

“I thank Chief Kim Royster and the NYPD Transportation Bureau for providing this tow truck,” Holden said in a statement.

“This isn’t a matter of revenue, but a serious matter of safety. We receive constant complaints about illegally parked vehicles… causing problems. This tow truck dedicated to my district will help.”

The move to assign a tow truck to Holden’s district comes after the lawmaker penned a letter to former Police Commissioner Dermot Shea in October demanding that the NYPD step up its enforcement in the area. Holden said that the NYPD needed to get more aggressive in towing violators in his district, noting that it was tougher on violators elsewhere.

Council Member Robert Holden alongside an NYPD officer towing an illegally parked vehicle (Photo provided by Council Member Robert Holden’s Office)

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