Councilman Costa Constantinides last week called for the city to make pothole repairs more efficiently, and urged his colleagues to support new legislation that would require potholes be filled within five days or less.
Constantinides introduced the legislation shortly after Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Department of Transportation announced fixing potholes is a top priority.
“Administrations change, but administrative code doesn’t,” he said, standing on a street corner in Astoria. “I want to make sure to put the sentiment behind the mayor’s plan into law, so that we know our city will continue to work for our people for years to come.
Constantinides said he has received numerous complaints from his constituents about potholes during the unusually harsh winter.
“With Mayor de Blasio involved, I know the DOT will be able to keep our roads safe and our potholes filled,” he said. “It will give peace of mind to those that call 311 that potholes will be repaired within a five-day timeframe demonstrating our responsiveness to their call.”
Constantinides was joined by members of Community Board 1, business leaders and State Senator Michael Gianaris.
“Potholes aren’t just a nuisance, they can cause thousands of dollars of damage that New Yorkers just can’t afford on a regular basis,” Gianaris said.
Kevin Foley, president of the Steinway Business Improvement District, has lived in Astoria for many years, but has never seen this many potholes. He recently got a flat tire after hitting one.
“We’re a world-class city, we can’t have potholes everywhere,” Foley said. “When our streets are clear and pothole free, they are more welcoming to visitors and customers.”