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Anger over tow pound

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Posted: Thursday, October 3, 2013 10:30 am

The NYPD recently moved its Queens tow pound from under the Kosciuszko Bridge to a space in the College Point Corporate Park, angering area officials.

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) questioned the move that took place two weeks ago after hearing from area residents about the new site on College Point Boulevard and 31st Avenue. Avella said that the NYPD had not informed anyone about it.

He noted that the facility is operating without having gone through the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure process. “It is simply unacceptable for this tow pound, which will have a profound effect on traffic in the area, to move into the corporate park ...,” he said.

Community Board 7 District Manager Marilyn Bitterman said Tuesday that she had had a heated argument with the Police Department. “They said it’s only temporary, but they spell temporary p-e-r-m-a-n-e-n-t,” Bitterman said. “It’s private property owned by Aries Printing.”

She was told the police were filing for a temporary ULURP. The NYPD did not respond to queries from the Chronicle.

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