Sunday, August 7, 2016
No good deed goes unpunished
Neighbors say the empty lot on the corner of Columbia and Woodhull streets needed the clean up.
"It looked like hell," said Roger who works right next door. "It was rodent infested."
So [Louis] Formisano started cleaning.
Formisano said items in the lot ranged from refrigerators to rodents.
"I caught 13 possums," he said.
Despite the undeniable improvement, a neighbor called the city and reported Formisano for trespassing.
The Department of Housing and Development put a padlock on the gate and told Louis to hit the road and take his things with him.
His things? A riding mower and some Christmas decorations he used to decorate the lot each year.
HPD accused him of cutting a city lock and using the lot as his own backyard, which Formisano denies.