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Residents demand city fix hazardous Auburndale road

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For several years now, residents in Auburndale have been trying to get the city to cure its depression — a sinkhole on Francis Lewis Boulevard.

But calls for something to be done have brought no joy.

The 5-inch-wide by 5-inch-deep trench runs the length of Francis Lewis Boulevard between 50th and 53rd avenues and has plagued motorists and homeowners for more than five years.

“The depression started out as a small bump at first,” said Robert Veltri. “But over time it’s gotten so bad that every time a truck goes by it shakes the foundation of our home. We’ve had to move our bedroom to the back just so we can sleep.”

In 2013 the Department of Transportation (DOT) inspected the sinkhole adjacent to a manhole cover, deeming it a “depressed area,” according to DOT Queens Borough Commissioner Dalila Hall. Because of the proximity to the manhole and sewer line, DOT sent a repair request to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

But, residents observed, nothing has been done by any city agency.

“When big trucks go by, our furniture shakes,” another resident, Eileen Morrissey, said. “We can’t even stay in our house for too long. We pay too much in taxes to have this happening.”

Veltri and Morrissey contacted Councilman Mark Weprin to try to get repairs done. In a letter written earlier this year, Weprin asked the DEP to “take whatever measures are necessary to address Mr. Veltri’s concerns.”

In September, Weprin wrote to the Veltris and told them that the city was “currently looking into this case.”

The DEP, which has not responded to requests for comment on this story,  has yet to contact the Veltris regarding the letter.


Gun-toting teen busted after fatally shooting man in Queens

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Gun-toting teen busted after fatally shooting man in Queens

A gun-toting punk was busted moments after fatally blasting a man in the chest in Queens today, police said. Police officers raced to the scene after hearing gunfire break out at 12:30 a.m. in Jamaica, police said. They found the armed 19-year-old suspect standing over the wounded victim, who was lying motionless in front of 107-11 159 Street. Read More: New York Post


Bronx ADA fired from her job pleads guilty to DUI, gets no jail time

The Bronx prosecutor who was allegedly driving drunk and later lost her job in the DA’s office accepted a deal in the case this morning and pleaded guilty to DUI, saying she is “deeply sorry” for her actions. Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Troiano, who was fired Jan. 13, pleaded guilty in Bronx Supreme Court and will get no jail time. Read More: New York Post

Man Pulled From East Harlem Trench Collapse

The New York City Fire Department says one person has been pulled from the ground following a trench collapse in East Harlem this morning. It happened around 11:30 a.m. near a commercial building under construction located at 122nd Street near Park Avenue. The man’s condition was not immediately known. NY1 has a crew at the scene and will have more information as it becomes available. Read More: NY1

NYC man faces sentencing in homegrown terror case

Prosecutors are seeking a life sentence for a New York City-born man convicted last year of traveling to the Middle East to avenge abuse of Muslims. Betim Kaziu is due back in federal court in Brooklyn on Friday afternoon for sentencing. A jury found Kaziu guilty of conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist organization. He also was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder and other charges. Read More: New York Post

Banker charged with cabby stabbing put on leave

Morgan Stanley is putting Manhattan investment banker W. Bryan Jennings, who was charged with stabbing a cab driver over a late-night fare, on a leave of absence, The Post has learned. Jennings is co-head of North American fixed-income capital markets at the New York investment bank. Sources said the bank is waiting to see how the matter is resolved before reinstating Jennings. Read More: New York Post