Monday, February 17, 2014
Koslowitz & Katz blew him off, so he called Help Me Howard
From PIX 11:
There’s a well-traveled footbridge in Rego Park, Queens. It’s near a subway station, over LIRR tracks at Austin Street and 67th Avenue. And it was worrying the neighborhood because all the lights were out.
“It’s dangerous no matter how you look at it,” schoolteacher and nearby resident Joe Austin told me. “This past Saturday a man was lurking in the shadows and pulled a knife on a group of senior citizens returning from temple service…As we were waiting for the police two young boys came running off the bridge and said that a man had threatened them.”
Police arrested that guy. But residents didn’t feel safe.
They called Con Ed. They called the City Department of Transportation. But they got nowhere. The same with politicians. What do you think happened when Joe called his local councilwoman?
JOE: “We were met with uh I wish we could do more. Our hands are tied.”
JOE: “And then I called my Borough President’s office and they told me call Con Ed.”
HOWARD: “What are elected officials for?”
JOE: “I wish I knew.”