2012-03-02 / Community

Sanders Tours Arverne With Civic Leaders

By Miriam Rosenberg


Arverne Civic Association’s Starmand Joseph shows Councilman James Sanders just one of the many driveways that were left above sidewalk level by contractors. Arverne Civic Association’s Starmand Joseph shows Councilman James Sanders just one of the many driveways that were left above sidewalk level by contractors. For months Arverne residents lived with torn up streets as the city installed new sewer systems. Now these same homeowners are up in arms about the conditions the contractors left in their wake: driveway entrances sitting above sidewalk level; sidewalks below street level; and drain openings located in driveways too high to be of any use. These are some of the complaints aired to Councilman James Sanders Jr. on February 25 as he toured Arverne, from Beach 67 to Beach 65 Streets. Residents also showed the councilman streets flooded by rain and high tides and one spot used for fishing that has become a dumping ground for all sorts of debris.




During the tour Sanders met new Arverne resident Buffei. After two weeks she still did not have water because, she said, the water key was buried under the gravel sidewalk on which Sanders, she and Joseph are standing, in front of her home. During the tour Sanders met new Arverne resident Buffei. After two weeks she still did not have water because, she said, the water key was buried under the gravel sidewalk on which Sanders, she and Joseph are standing, in front of her home.

Sanders’ chief of staff, Donovan Richards, left, took extensive notes during the tour. Here he takes information from Franklin Campbell who hasn’t been able to use his driveway for two years. Sanders’ chief of staff, Donovan Richards, left, took extensive notes during the tour. Here he takes information from Franklin Campbell who hasn’t been able to use his driveway for two years.

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