'Sign' of bad times
Oct 05, 2010 | 2659 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor:

The $20 million Maurice Avenue reconstruction project that replaced water and sewer pipes was completed in June. I noticed when exiting eastbound off the Long Island Expressway that the large street sign that hung in the intersection was missing.

I waited a couple weeks figuring it would be replaced any day now, but no.

On July 1 I called Community Board 5 to see if they had an answer. I was told that they could do nothing but call it in to 311.

On August 1 I called back to see what the progress was and I was told that there was a problem with the 311 number they got and they would have to re-submit it again. Being that this was a project that the state financed I figured I'd call Assemblywoman Marge Markey's office for answers.

I was told there was nothing they could but call 311.

Then I called Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley's office; I was told they would investigate the matter.

One question I asked each office was, did anyone else report this problem and they all said no. How can that be?

Here is a major roadway with tourists looking for hotels and out of state truckers looking for warehouses etc. and nobody complained. Well I'm complaining. Don't we have enough problems with trucks getting lost and wandering through the neighborhood?

I find it quite ironic that the government wants all the street signs replaced in the city and the size of the letters changed at a cost of $27 million dollars. Yet we can't get a sign replaced that should have been installed before the completion of a $20 million project, and on top of it all our city agencies and elected officials are clueless and ineffectual.

Sincerely,

Richard Polgar

Maspeth

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