Brooklyn Family Battles City Over Driveway Summons

Ticket issued to elderly Brooklyn man claiming his driveway is too wide. (credit: CBS 2)

Ticket issued to elderly Brooklyn man claiming his driveway is too wide. (credit: CBS 2)

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — An elderly Brooklyn couple ticketed by the city for having a driveway that is too wide says the city is responsible for the alteration.

City Councilman Michael Nelson is joining the effort to have the summons dropped against Tim Sit’s Chinese immigrant parents.

The family and neighbors said city-hired contractors did underground pipe work and repaved their Sheepshead Bay driveway curb. Now, the couple could be fined or forced to pay for the construction to bring the curb to code.

CBS 2 HD showed Councilman Nelson video — recorded by Tim Sit — of the contractors working on his parents’ driveway.

“This is really just a terrible act perpetrated by a city contractor on this poor couple,” Nelson said.

Nelson said that he will do “everything” in his power to ensure the couple doesn’t have to “pay one plug nickel” for the alleged violation.

CBS 2 HD reached out to representatives from the Department of Buildings and for the second day in a row they said they were still searching for records of who did work at the Sit’s home.

However, late Thursday afternoon, the Department of Environmental Protection said it found records indicating a city job done outside the Sit’s home in 2003. Now the Department of Design and Construction is looking to see if that job was the same project the Sit’s were ticketed for. If it is, the family could soon be cleared of any wrongdoing.

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