Lander Bill Would Mean No More Sanitation Tickets On Major Holidays


brad-lander-nycNY – Councilmember Brad Lander introduced legislation to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, creating a sidewalk litter exemption on holidays during which alternate side parking is suspended.

The legislation would not allow The Department of Sanitation to ticket homeowners and businesses for dirty sidewalks on major religious holidays when alternate side parking is suspended, including Sukkos, Purim, and Shauvos.

“My office, via my Boro Park Community Liaison Gabi Friedlander, receives numerous complaints about dirty sidewalk violation tickets that were issued on holidays; days when many New Yorkers are not allowed to work,” said Councilmember Brad Lander. “Through a small adjustment in the administrative code – stopping sanitation ticketing on holidays during which alternate side parking is suspended – we can make life easier for all New Yorkers.”

The final impetus for this legislation came about as a result of several constituents who contacted Councilman Lander. An elderly resident of Boro Park was very agitated at the prospect of paying a $100 fine for a dirty sidewalk issued on a holiday. His appeal on religious grounds was rejected by the Environmental Control Board.

“I commend Councilman Lander for taking the initiative to fight for our community and our requirements of the Orthodox Jewish life,” said Akiva Kizelnik, Boro Park resident and member of Community Board 12.

The administrative code of the city of New York currently allows for the Department of Sanitation to fine residential and commercial property for trash and litter on curbs and sidewalks outside of designated trash pick-up days. During holidays, residents may be away from home or otherwise unable to remove litter at the designated time. As such, residents should not be subject to fines on holidays when they are not able to remove litter from the sidewalk.

Under this bill, the subdivision regarding sidewalk litter will not apply on holidays when alternate-side street parking regulations have also been suspended.

{Noam Newscenter}


  1. Brad lander is a true mentch who truly cares for the frum yidden and goes out of his way to be helpful!
    Kudos to him and I wish him much hatzlacho in all his endeavors! Its about time to finally get rid of these tickets which cause so much agmas nefesh!

  2. I’m sure that the smoking crusader won’t be happy with this. It’s going to hurt the city bottom line!

  3. Is he connected with the Lander College for Men in Kew Gardens Hills? It is a fine institution with wonderful Rebbeim and faculty.

  4. Is he related to Rabbi Daniel Lander, the Rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Ohr Hachaim in Queens? If so, that would be fantastic. Rabbi Daniel Lander is a true Talmud Chacham who leads one of the top Yeshivos in the world. May he and his Yeshiva flourish and continue to produce the enxt generation of Gedolei HaDor Shlita