2015-11-25 / Political Page

DenDekker Unveils New Sidewalk Legislation


State Senators Tony Avella and Jose Peralta, Assemblymembers Michael Simanowitz, Michael DenDekker, David Weprin, and Michael Benedetto (the Bronx), and members of the community who have received violations due to damage from trees. State Senators Tony Avella and Jose Peralta, Assemblymembers Michael Simanowitz, Michael DenDekker, David Weprin, and Michael Benedetto (the Bronx), and members of the community who have received violations due to damage from trees. Assemblyman Michael DenDekker was joined by state Senator Tony Avella to host a press conference announcing new legislation on damaged sidewalk repair. Assemblyman DenDekker and Senator Avella’s bill will remove the burden of paying for damaged sidewalks away from property owners and hold the City of New York accountable.

“Oftentimes, homeowners are not responsible for damage to sidewalks in front of their homes, however, are forced to pay massive fines for repairs. This is unfair to the hardworking taxpayers of New York City, and we would like to make a change. That is why we have introduced new legislation regarding sidewalk repair: to protect homeowners, small business owners, and non-profits throughout the City of New York” said DenDekker.

The Assemblyman also pointed out that this policy is most harmful to some of the city’s most vulnerable residents: “The fines for these repairs often run in the thousands of dollars. This is an absolutely devastating fine for a senior citizen on a fixed income or a working class New Yorker. This administration has placed a huge amount of emphasis on income inequality, and this bill will allow the city to ease an undue burden.”

Avella said, “We cannot in good conscience continue to hold struggling homeowners accountable for maintaining the sidewalks abutting their property. Repairs are prohibitively expensive for the average person, leaving many of these sidewalks in dangerous disrepair. Yet, even when homeowners can afford this repair, it is not always the case that they should have to in the first place. A sidewalk damaged by a city tree, for example, should be repaired by the city, yet many aren’t aware of these exceptions and suffer the costs regardless. The logical solution would be to hold the city responsible for all sidewalk repairs and relieve homeowners of this undue and costly burden.”

“City trees belong to the city. It is logical and fair that the city pays for the damage caused by their own trees. Sidewalk repairs are costly repairs and homeowners are unreasonably forced to pick up the tab,” said state Senator Jose Peralta. “I want to thank Senator Avella and Assemblymember DenDekker for pushing this common-sense legislation.”

The New York State Legislature heads back to Albany in January, where the bill will be introduced.

Return to top

Copyright 1999-2018 The Service Advertising Group, Inc. All rights reserved.