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Road, vows broken in Hamilton Beach

104th Street remains torn up, now residents want mayor to help out

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Posted: Wednesday, November 26, 2014 10:30 am

Residents of Hamilton Beach are taking their fight to have a street in the community repaired to the highest level of City Hall.

Roger Gendron, president of the New Hamilton Beach Civic Association, has started a petition asking Mayor de Blasio to direct the Department of Transportation to repave 104th Street, which has been neglected for years.

“We just want to get it leveled,” Gendron said. “That road is our only way in and out of Hamilton Beach.”

The corridor, which runs north and south, was ripped up along with other Hamilton Beach streets in 1997 as part of a city project to place sewer pipelines throughout the area, Gendron said.

Following the completion of the construction later that year, Gendron said, many of the roads were repaired, repaved and maintained by the city, with the exception of 104th Street.

“It hasn’t been touched,” he said.

The condition of the road has been made worse by a construction boon in the area.

Gendron said about six houses have been erected on 104th Street since 2008, which has only exasperated the problem.

“Wherever they had to dig up had settled,” he said. “And it settled to the point where there was a four-inch puddle.”

The poor condition has caused many problems throughout the neighborhood, Gendron said, including damage to residents’ cars.

He also said one former resident moved out of the hamlet, because the sound of cars driving over the road would keep his son up at night.

Gendron, who has been the civic president since February 2012, said he had reached out to Mayor Bloomberg in the past to get answers on when the road would be fixed.

“We cannot get answers from the city of New York,” he said.

Requests for comment from de Blasio on the condition of 104th Street and if he would direct the DOT to repave the road were not returned by press time.

Gendron also claimed that the DOT has outright lied to the community in its promise to repair the road.

He claimed that then-DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan promised at a civic meeting about four years ago that shovels would be in the ground in 2012.

“Along comes 2012, and nowhere in the city’s capital plan does it show 104th Street,” Gendron said. “I’m personally a little angry at that. It was her way of keeping us quiet for a while.”

Gendron also claimed that elected officials for the community have offered their help to have the road repaved, to no avail.

“For some reason, everyone hits a brick wall,” he said.

Gendron also claimed city officials have said they have not heard any complaints about the road.

He said the condition of the road has been well documented by major news outlets and the civic assocation.

A DOT spokesperson said in an email, "A section of 104th Street - from 1st St. to the cul-de-sac - was determined to be damaged by Hurricane Sandy by FEMA. The City spent several months working with FEMA to determine the funding the City would receive and DOT informed elected officials and the Community Board that  repairs were included in phase 2 work. Currently, DDC is preparing the bid documents and its current schedule for contract registration is June 2015."

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