Here's how the city of New York treats one of its retired Finest:
Baysider, city at odds on sinkhole
To anyone walking by, the hole would appear to be on Harap's property, the lawn in front of his brick and stucco Tudor row house on Bell Boulevard near 29th Avenue. But the first 15 feet of his lawn, where the sinkhole is located, is legally owned by the city of New York.
"Since it's in front of your house, it's your responsibility even if it's on city property," he said he was told.
But his insurance company will not cover the cost of repairing damage beyond his property line, leaving Harap in a bind.
"What am I paying taxes for?" he asked.
We wonder that a lot, too, Bill.