And while there may be no short-term fixes for the complaints of noise and pollution on the company's main commercial site, an issue that can be solved immediately is the company's use of a residential site on the block to store large waste trucks.
Turan Ates has lived on 130th Street since 1996. He said over two decades ago TNP Trucking began leasing the lot at 14-29 130th Street, which is zoned residential, and began using it as a parking lot. He said he has been complaining about the situation for years.
“But we can't get any help from the government,” Ates said last week.
So he began contacting his local elected officials, and relief may be coming soon. State Senator Tony Avella said the Padlock Unit of the Department of Buildings has scheduled a hearing on the issue for June 4.
If the use is found to be in violation of the zoning, the site will be locked up and TNP's trucks will be held until the issue is resolved by the landlord.
“This is residential property, so the storage of gas tanks and dump trucks is a clear violation of zoning and building code,” said Avella.
TNP Trucking also has a commercial site at the intersection of 130th Street and 14th Avenue, across the street from a private residences, which is a legal operation. But Avella and residents say there are constant problems with pollution and noise from trucks, especially when they are being refueled in the middle of the night.
“TNP Trucking has been wreaking havoc on this residential community for years by operating at all hours of the day and night,” said Avella.
Ates said he is not interested in running TNP Trucking out of business, he just wants the company to be a better neighbor.
“We can't open our windows, we can't breathe, and we can't sleep at night,” he said. “ We don't want to interfere with their business, but we don't need the interference in our lives either.”