While knocking on doors and visiting with constituents, it became clear to Speaker Heastie that bureaucracy and a flawed system have been putting a significant hardship on city homeowners. Since then, he has worked tirelessly to develop a solution for homeowners.
This fall, Speaker Heastie joined the mayor to announce that the city will no longer impose liens on one-, two-, and three- family properties that have sidewalk damage caused by city trees. The City of New York has done the right thing by relieving homeowners of the financial burdens they have incurred through no fault of their own.
The Department of Transportation and the Parks Department will continue to inspect for dangerous sidewalk conditions, but the city not the homeowners, will now be responsible for fixing the damage.
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