A Niagara Falls man has become the first person charged with violating the city's new ordinance aimed at cracking down on dumping, authorities said.
Dennis Gulley, 65, was arrested on March 8 after two television sets, a mattress and a box spring were found dumped at the corner of Grove Avenue and 13th Street, authorities said.
According to police, Gulley was captured on surveillance cameras dumping the items.
The ordinance already was bearing fruit in the effort to curb illegal dumping, according to City Administrator Nick Melson on Wednesday.
"This arrest should send the message that the City of Niagara Falls will not hesitate to prosecute those individuals who feel they can treat our city as their own personal dumping ground. We will continue to take all available steps to protect the quality of life of our residents," Melson said.
Multiple cameras have been installed throughout the city by the Niagara Falls Police Department and the Department of Public Works since the ordinance took effect on January 1.
Gulley appeared Wednesday in Niagara Falls City Court to answer a charge of violating the city’s bulk dumping ordinance.