Staten Island Residents Furious Over Bill NYC Sent For Sidewalk Repair

Say City Itself Responsible For Damage So Why Should They Be Forced To Pay?

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — They were stuck with the bill.

There was and frustration Friday for some Staten Island homeowners who say the city damaged their sidewalks, then made them pay to fix it, reports CBS 2’s Mark Morgan.

“They did it and they just walked away,” Robert Rubin said.

Rubin is angry. He said city workers damaged his sidewalk while paving the street in front of his house in Great Kills back in May.

“The machine that pounds down the blacktop, had to bang up against the curb,” Rubin said.

Rubin showed Morgan some of the resulting damage.

“All this was pushed and crumbled this way,” Rubin said, picking up pieces of the sidewalk.

So, Rubin called the Department of Transportation to complain. It responded by sending Rubin a summons in the mail. Apparently an inspector had come to look at the sidewalk, and Rubin was told to fix it himself, or the city could repair it and bill him. Rubin estimates repairs would cost between $700 and $1,000.

“That’s wrong. I didn’t do this damage; the city did it, or the contractors they hired did it,” Rubin said.

Two doors down, Irwin Baron received a summons as well, for what he said are minor problems with his sidewalk.

“They had to come down look at Rob’s. Instead of fixing it immediately, they’re now looking to cause problems for everybody else on the block,” Baron said.

Directly across the street, just a few steps from Rubin’s sidewalk, the concrete is off-set three or four inches, but the resident was not ticketed. In fact, not one person on that side of the street received a summons.

Unless the city agrees it’s responsible for the damage, Rubin has 45 days to decide if he wants to repair the sidewalk himself, or have the city do it, and pay them for what he feels they did.

The DOT said if any property owner feels they received a notice of violation in error, they may request a re-inspection within 45 days of receiving the notice.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

  • doc in NJ

    NYC can’t (and won’t) do work surreptitiously on a curb without first sending out a notice or 2 to the homeowner(s).

    Having lived in NYC for quite a time, I am certain this did not happen in a unilateral manner – there were most certainly notices and violation posted which were ignored.

  • Vernon Hell

    Curse the damn inspectors into Hell!

    • Inspector should be fired

      Just post the name of the inspector who wrote the tickets.Lets harass him and his family. I bet the cracks in his sidewalk is as big as the one in his wifes a–zz.

      • Yeah


  • Yogi

    I bet this wouldn’t happen to anyone south of 86th street in Manhattan!!

  • mark

    We live in Queens and the City did the same thing here. It’s such a bunch of baloney.

    I hope that everybody remembers how Bloomberg is acting during his third term. And also remember that Christine Quinn and her city council allowed him to run again even though the voters had voted for term limits. This place is being run like it is under a dictatorship now and we are these people’s minions.

    • rugbyball

      Here, Here. Cristine Quinn is Bloomberg’s lap dog. She did as she was told by Bloomy to lift the restrictions and when she did, he would nominate her for Mayor and throw his wallet and all his friends wallets behind her.
      She is a crook, and a tainted politician. If you vote for her in the next Mayor election you are voting for the same if not worse as you have now.

      Do NOT automatically vote along you party affiliation, do some home work before you cast your vote!

  • gjk

    The city comes, does it’s work haphazardly, leaves damages, and then wants us to pay for them.
    Thanks Bllomberg; it’s so good to have you watching out for us.

    • Gloria Guerriera

      What the hell, the mayor hired contractors to set up a computer system to do city payrolls, they stole the money and we paid. He is consistent in his stupidity and showing how little he cares for the average citizen.

      • Michael H.

        Giuliani hired SAIC to implement CityTime.

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