COEYMANS – The town of Coeymans is looking to clean up the site of a former tire recovery business on State Route 143.
The property was owned by local businessman Rodney Krzykowski, who passed away in July 2015. Krzykowski was also a former member of the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District’s Board of Education.
Following Krzykowski’s passing, no one has stepped forward to claim the property, and it is unclear who is responsible for it at this time, according to Town Supervisor Philip Crandall. It remains Krzykowski’s property.
The town has reached out to try to contact Krzykowski’s relations, but so far has been unsuccessful in contacting anyone, Crandall said.
For the past two years, though, several tractor-trailers have been on the property, along with tires and other items associated with RAK Tire Recovery, the company Krzykowski owned.
“We investigated the tractor-trailers on the site and they are filled with tires,” Crandall said in an interview. “We are working with the Department of Environmental Conservation to dispose of them. Once we dispose of the tires, the town can take possession of the tractor-trailers and have them moved out, but as far as the property and building, Mr. Krzykowski still owns it and no one in his family wants to claim it as of yet.”
Neighbors have come forward to complain about the condition of the property, Crandall said, and have asked that the town try to get it cleaned up.
“We have had a couple of complaints about the property’s condition,” Crandall said. “It is an eyesore, and people feel it is lowering property values of the adjoining properties.”
Building inspector and town code enforcement officer John Cashin said he, along with the state, have tried to contact members of Krzykowski’s family to get them involved in the cleanup effort, but to no avail.
“The DEC was trying to contact the family. I put out some feelers to people who knew the family, and they didn’t get any results from that,” Cashin said. “No one has expressed interest in taking over the property as far as I know.”
In addition to having 19 vehicles on the site, there are thought to be an estimated 13,000 tires there as well, according to Cashin.
The cleanup initiative has been ongoing for several years.
“John Cashin has been working on this for almost two years, but we are just not getting any cooperation from anyone,” Crandall said. “It’s up to the county and the DEC at this point. They have to come together to do something about this. The town has no legal authority to do anything.”
According to New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law, the town would be able to recover the tractor-trailers if they have been deemed “abandoned vehicles,” even though they are on private property, Crandall said.
But the thousands of tires on the site are another matter.
“The tires are the DEC’s responsibility,” Crandall said. “The problem is that without an heir giving permission to the DEC to clean up the property, the DEC’s legal department has to go through a process to gain access to the property.”
The property actually involves two separate parcels – one that is 1.5 acres, and a second at 2.1 acres.
If any heirs to the property would like to come forward to assist the town and state with the cleanup, they are encouraged to contact the town offices at 518-756-2100.