A garbage problem is escalating in Kiryas Joel and now police are on the prowl ready to make arrests. One resident explained to our Elaina Athans why he says this is happening.
KIRYAS JOEL, N.Y. -- "This is very ugly and this is terrible. It creates a very terrible name upon us," said Dissident Leader Joseph Waldman.
Disputes are spilling into the streets of Kiryas Joel by way of garbage. Trash lines many walkways and police say it was a lot worst over the weekend. One road was so clogged with waste, folks couldn't drive and cleaning crews were called in.
Waldman said these trash problems are part of much larger issue in Kiryas Joel, a battle really. He says the president of one congregation told his followers to actually place their items out on the streets.
"It's very upsetting. It's extremely upsetting and I told many of my colleagues please do not do that," said Waldman.
Waldman says the problem started with the distribution of religious flyers.
He said, "They have their private home phone numbers and their cell phone numbers."
Since then it has escalated to every item under the sun. Waldman explains that because residents were upset seeing leaflets with personal information listed, folks came up with the idea to mask the sight by throwing their garbage on top. Waldman says these trash troubles could end if the President of Congregation Yetev Lev David Ekstein speaks to his 2,000 members.
"He could stop and he does not want to stop it because he wants to continue terrorizing this community," said Waldman.
Ekstien says these claims are ridiculous adding that for the past 25 years, Waldman has been making attacks on him and the congregation unjustifiably.
In the meantime, a couple people have been arrested for littering and cars have been impounded.