2011-11-04 / Letters

Homeowner Reimbursement

Dear Editor,

About 35 years ago the City replaced the sewers in Neponsit (where I live). Without consulting us or any notice, they chopped down the stately Sycamore trees which lined our street. The Sycamores were excellent for the shade they provided and their small roots which didn’t lift or break up the sidewalks.

In their place, the city planted the present trees (which grew faster) and which, in their unrestrained growth, have lifted or broken up the sidewalks.

Like me, many of my homeowner neighbors grapple with this dangerous problem. To make matters worse, there are electrical wires strung in these trees.

I went onto the NYC Department of Parks website, nycgovparks/org and it mentions an inspection by their investigator with or without a private contractor present.

I am assuming that the City will not pay for breaking up the sidewalk and, then, when the roots have been cut, replacing it. Not only that, the trees will keep on growing and the roots will grow again as well. We will have the same problem all over again.

I am retired and live on a fixed income.

I am writing to you, my legislators, to introduce a bill which would create a real estate tax deduction for citizens who repair city streets.

I am proposing that the city subtract the money we spend to fix Park’s mistake from our real estate taxes. This would give not only me, but also, my neighbors, (many) an incentive to correct this dangerous condition.

TOBY L. SCHWARTZ

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