Exclusive: Bronx Homeowner Headache

Exclusive: Bronx Homeowner Headache


FAST APPROACHING FOR NEW JERSEY TRANSIT UNIONS. THE IMPACT IT COULD HAVE ON RIDERS. BUT FIRST, A CBS 2 EXCLUSIVE A HOMEOWNER SPENDS THOUSANDS TO REPAIR THAT SIDEWALK, SO WHY DID THE CITY WANT TO RIP IT UP? GOOD EVENING, I’M DANA TYLER. WE BEGIN WITH THAT HOMEOWNER’S HEADACHE IN THE BRONX. THE MAN WHO WAS TOLD TO FIX THE CRACKED SIDEWALK OR PAY A FINE MAY NOW HAVE WASTED ALL THAT MONEY REPLACING IT. CBS 2’S ALI BAUMAN UNCOVERED THIS EXCLUSIVE STORY AND SHE IS LIVE OUTSIDE THE HOME IN PELHAM BAY. ALI. Reporter: RIGHT IN FRONT OF THIS HOME THE SIDEWALK IS COVERED IN SPRAY-PAINT. THE CITY’S MARKING FOR WHEN THEY ARE PLANTING A NEW TREE. THE ONLY PROBLEM? IT’S RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF BRAND-NEW SIDEWALK THAT THE HOMEOWNER SAYS THE CITY FORCED HIM TO REPLACE. IT’S A BRAND-NEW SIDEWALK COSTING THE HOMEOWNER MORE THAN $6,000. BUT PATRICK COLLETTI DIDN’T REALLY HAVE A CHOICE. THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION HIT HIM WITH A SUMMONS FOR HIS CRACKS IN MARCH. SO I DID THE RIGHT THING. I HIRED A CONTRACTOR. THE WORK WAS COMPLETED ON MAY 13. Reporter: BUT TWO WEEKS LATER, THE PARKS DEPARTMENT PAINTED THESE MARKINGS WHICH MEAN THEY ARE PLANTING A TREE. WHO IS RESPONSIBLE TO PAY ME BACK OF THE CONCRETE I JUST LAID DOWN? Reporter: A CITY COUNCILMAN HAS BEEN PROPOSING LEGISLATION FOR TWO YEARS THAT WOULD REQUIRE THE CITY TO NOTIFY ANYONE WITH A PERMIT FOR SIDEWALK CONSTRUCTION IF A TREE IS SCHEDULED FOR THE THINGS PLANTING SEASON — FOR THE NEXT PLANTING SEASON. THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF THE RIGHT HAND NOT KNOWING WHAT THE LEFT HAND IS DOING AND LOCAL RESIDENTS FOOT THE BILL. Reporter: THE PARKS DEPARTMENT SAYS INCLUDING AT THIS SITE ALL STREET TREES ARE PLANTED WITHIN THE CITY-OWNED PUBLIC RIGHT OF WAY. AND THERE IS NO COORDINATION BETWEEN NYC PARKS AND THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION. SHOULD NOT ONE AGENCY TALK TO THE OTHER? THEY DON’T EVEN TALK TO EACH OTHER, NOW? AND NOW I GOT STUCK WITH A PROBLEM THAT NOBODY WANTS TO SOLVE. Reporter: NOW, TAKE A LOOK AT THE OLD SIDEWALK. YOU CAN SEE THE TREE IS PRACTICALLY RIPPING IT UP AND THAT’S WHAT THIS HOMEOWNER FEARS IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO HIS HOUSE IN THE COMING YEARS AND HE IS NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO HAD TO REPLACE A SIDEWALK. TWO DOORS DOWN THEY ALSO HAD TO AND ONE OF THESE HOUSE IS ALSO GOING TO BE GETTING A NEW TREE NEXT WEEK.

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