New Yorkers cited for not maintaining property after Sandy
Dec 10, 2012
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Residents in one Queens neighborhood are crying foul after they were written up for failing to clean up the city’s own mess. It is yet another new complication in life after Superstorm Sandy.
Rosanne and Joe Cavaliere are still trying to clean up from the hurricane....
They got it [the citation] on Nov. 9, cited with “failure to maintain” their property.
But as they pointed out to CBS 2’s Schneider on Tuesday night, it’s a city tree that they were waiting for the city to remove.
“It was over two weeks before someone came and removed it from the house, and we were patient enough with that, but then to just be slapped with a violation,” Joe Cavaliere said.
The Department of Buildings said the citation is a mere formality. It’s a way to keep track of all downed trees.
But for people in this neighborhood…it’s a permanent mark on their property that they want removed from the records.
“They’re not only upset, but they’re insulted."
Dr. Stephen Jones