FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Contact: Marian Sullivan, Communications Director (413) 886-5166, firstname.lastname@example.org
Smile, You’re on Springfield’s Candid Camera
Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Executive Director of Parks, Buildings, and Recreation Management (PBRM) Patrick Sullivan released additional details of the City of Springfield’s ongoing effort to curb illegal dumping throughout the city. PBRM has continued to maintain security cameras at multiple sites throughout the city that are used often for illegal dumping activity.
The project started in the summer of 2014 while working in conjunction with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. PBRM since then has purchased and installed cameras and maintained surveillance at various dumping sites. Each site is monitored with at least two cameras. The department has expanded this endeavor to include other locations that have become common dumping grounds.
Nine people have been cited by the Springfield Police Department for illegal dumping. Four are currently being processed. The individuals cited include:
· Shawn Martin of Springfield
· Margalis Isette Gayle of Springfield
· Ramiro Cruz of Springfield
· Juan Luna of Springfield
Gloria Maldonado-Ortiz of Chicopee
Mayor Sarno stated, “We are going to remain vigilant to ensure everyone understands illegal dumping will not be tolerated in the City of Springfield. We are continuing to expand areas and the violators should be aware we will catch up with you, so think twice. This program will remain a priority for my administration and we will provide the necessary resources to ensure all violators are prosecuted. ”
Patrick Sullivan added, “The Department of Parks, Buildings, and Recreation Management is committed to working closely with Springfield Police to eliminate blight caused by illegal dumping activities. It is unconscionable that residents and people from within and outside the city consider illegal dumping as an option. We will continue to expand the program and at the Mayor’s direction we will continue to monitor all sites and prosecute offenders. It is time that everyone realizes we have an affordable bulk pickup process and the rules need to be followed.”