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Queens Chronicle

Woodhaven home no longer a stinky issue

Civic leader wants review of response

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Posted: Thursday, March 7, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:58 am, Thu Mar 14, 2013.

The house in Woodhaven that has been leaking raw sewage into the street for some time has been fixed.

The semidetached home at 80-87 88 Ave. had become a problem for neighbors and pedestrians after sewage leaked from a broken pipe in the rear of the house onto the sidewalk on 85th Street. Besides the foul smell the leak was causing, a dangerous ice situation also developed on the sidewalk, especially after last month’s snowstorm.

But Dorie Figliola, an aide to Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven), said Miller’s office had been working on the problem for some time. Figliola brought the issue to the city’s attention and the city Department of Housing Preservation and Development put a bid out on emergency repairs to the location.

The Queens Chronicle reported on the home last month, while the bid was out.

Figliola said the sewage leak was the result of an obstructed pipe. The house also had no heat or hot water.

Ed Wendell, president of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, said he saw the work being done last week and was happy the situation was resolved.

“They had been there during the week,” he said. “Then on Friday, there was a big Dumpster and a ton of stuff that had been pulled out.”

But Wendell wants to meet with elected officials over the city’s response to the issue and a number of problems he saw.

“It ain’t over,” Wendell added. “Why was the 311 complaint closed when it said no work needed to be done? Why are duplicate 311 complaints being closed without any information being available? But most of all we need to get an answer to how something like this was allowed to be open for two months.”

He said he was understanding of the process it took to bid out the work, but wanted to know why certain steps were not taken while that process played out, including installing barriers to keep people off the sidewalk.

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