YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- The Yorktown Town Board Tuesday strengthened local littering laws by making dumping a civil violation.
The town may install cameras at certain hot spots in the hopes of catching, and prosecuting, folks who illegally jettison their old mattresses, tires and other household trash.
Previously, the only way dumpers could be charged was criminally, and only if a police officer actually witnessed them doing it.
According to Susan Siegel, a former town councilwoman and community activist who blogs for Citizens for an Informed Yorktown, some of those problem spots are located on Wood Street and Indian Hill Road.
If the illegal dumpers are caught on camera, and there is a clear image of their license plates, they could be hit with a fine of $500 for each violation, the new law said.
Littering, the law said, is a threat to the "health, well-being and safety" of residents.
It will go into effect after it has been filed with the New York Department of State in accordance with the Municipal Home Rule Law.
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