NEW YORK – The New York City Council’s Transportation Committee today held a hearing to consider various pieces of legislation, including Council Member Lancman’s bill, Intro. 1457, to require the Department of Transportation (DOT) to maintain curb heights following street construction. Lancman’s bill currently has 13 cosponsors.
Lancman first introduced the legislation in February after several constituents raised concerns about declining curb heights resulting from DOT street construction and repaving. A level curb can leave homes prone to flooding conditions and can result in fines from the city for having standing water on the property.
Lancman drew attention to the plight of one of his constituents in Jamaica Estates, Michael Hannibal. In 2015, DOT resurfaced the street in front of Michael’s home as part of a citywide initiative. However, DOT’s work was performed without taking into consideration the proper curb height, and, as a result, the newly raised street and curb are now level.
“I am pleased that the Transportation Committee is giving consideration to my legislation to hold the city responsible for curb heights altered by DOT construction,” said Council Member Rory I. Lancman. “My bill is common sense: if DOT is going to perform any street work, it must ensure that the curb heights are maintained. It is not fair to leave homeowners like Michael on the hook for DOT’s mistakes.
“I look forward to working with my Council colleagues and members of our community to ensure that this legislation becomes law,” Lancman added.
“While this legislation will not address the damage to our home, I am confident that it will prevent other homeowners from facing the same situation,” said Michael Hannibal.