2012-03-23 / Community

Ulrich Launches ‘Trees And Sidewalks’

By Nicholas Briano


Ulrich with Parks Commissioner Adian Benepe and Queens Park Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski last Thursday in Ozone Park. Ulrich with Parks Commissioner Adian Benepe and Queens Park Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski last Thursday in Ozone Park. Councilmember Eric Ulrich was joined last week by Parks Department Commissioner Adrian Benepe to launch the “Trees and Sidewalks” program in District 32.

The program will address sidewalks raised by uprooted trees that pose as safety hazards to pedestrians. Typically a homeowner is responsible for the side walk in front of his or her house. But under the program, eligible homes will be receiving the fix-up for free, which can save the average homeowner up to $1,000, Ulrich said at the press conference in Ozone Park.

Ulrich funded the program solely for his district with $1.1 million in funding. Parks introduced the program in 2005 but as a citywide initiative which made getting your particular sidewalk addressed a bit more difficult.

Ulrich says the list of 317 sidewalks within his district that will be fixed with the funding makes sure that the majority of hazardous sidewalks within the district are addressed.

Only sidewalks in front of residential one- to three-family homes are eligible to be repaired under the program. Ulrich expects all 317 sidewalks, more than 60 of which are in the Rockaways and Broad Channel, to be repaired within two months.

The list of repairable sidewalks was generated from 311 complaints and Parks Department surveying.

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