Friday, November 9, 2012
DOB fines homeowner for fallen street tree
From NBC 4:
A Queens man says he was being slapped with fines after a tree fell on his home during Sandy.
From the Queens Chronicle:
Jaqueline Califano greeted Tuesday morning sans electricity with a mammoth, century-old tree sitting atop her Auburndale home. She called 311, reported the problem and got assurances from the Parks Department that the issue will be addressed — eventually.
Ditto Con Edison, which knew the downed tree took power lines with it, leaving several poles precariously leaning at three homes on Jordan Street between 33rd and 34th avenues.
Califano found herself among many residents of Northeast Queens, hundreds of whom still lacked power a week after Hurricane Sandy tore through the borough. The end, according to Con Ed, may be in sight.
On Halloween, another city agency greeted her: the Department of Buildings. The damage caused by the tree on top of her house? It’s a violation. The agency also cited the owners of two other homes the tree is currently using as an ottoman.