Help From A Councilman
Oct 23, 2008 | 7725 views | 0 0 comments | 89 89 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor:

I am the daughter of a 100-year-old mother who resides in Jamaica Estates and am also the victim of New York City bureaucracy.

I have tirelessly and incessantly attempted to have my mother’s sidewalk and curb repaired for years. If you could imagine, the entire sidewalk had been ripped up and if anyone wanted to walk to her house they would not be able to because the pathway leading up to the house was all broken up. As the time drew closer for my mother’s 100th birthday party where we were expecting over 60 guests, I grew impatient. I decided to seek the intervention of her local city councilman , James Gennaro, for help.

I went into Jim’s office explaining what the situation was and how after years and years of trying, I got nowhere. I later learned that Jim had sent a caseworker to my mother’s home, who took several pictures and forwarded them to whatever agency they were dealing with. After several weeks of advocating on my mother’s behalf and conversations back and forth with Con Edison whom were adamant about not having performed work in the area or on the premise, Jim’s office was able to confirm that they in fact did do the work. Within weeks, Con Ed came to my mother’s home to repair the broken sidewalk and curb. To say I was relieved is an understatement.

It is alleviating to know that in a day and age like this, I can count on our local city councilman to resolve my worst nightmares.


Nancy Foster
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