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Takes the city more than a year to fix a crack, audit finds

July 1st, 2019

The city Parks Department works at such a snail’s pace repairing tree-damaged sidewalks that some homeowners have been left waiting more than a decade for them to be fixed, a new comptroller’s report shows.

Residents with sidewalk damage from tree roots first had to wait an average of 101 days just for agency foresters to inspect their property in fiscal year 2017, according to City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office.

Getting the city to then actually fix the cracked, crumbling sidewalks was even worse in terms of wait time, the audit found.

A repair on Warwick Street near New Lots Avenue in East New York, Brooklyn, was completed in June 2017 — more than 11 years after the original complaint came in, records show.

Residents on the block say they’re not surprised at the shocking lag because they feel the city treats them like second-class citizens compared to those who live in more affluent neighborhoods.


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