Curb controversy

Seven On Your Side
June 3, 2009 2:53:40 PM PDT
This story's a true head scratcher. The city sends thousands of dollars in violations to a homeowner saying she shouldn't have built a pedestrian ramp in front of her home. There's just one problem, she didn't build it. And you'll never guess who did. "I think this is just shear harassment, completely harassment." A small strip of pavement is the source of Ivy Brown's anger. It's a pedestrian ramp to allow handicapped residents to cross the street to another ramp.

But for the past five years the New York City's been issuing Ivy violations, saying she installed the ramp without a permit from the city. There's just one problem. "I went to court, twice," said Ivy. "And I said I did not cut the sidewalk and they said that I have to find out who cut the sidewalk."

So who did the work? We found it's the same people fining her, the City of New York. Ivy says the violations have added up to $4,000.

Ivy says she doesn't have that kind of money and refuses to pay the fines. As a result Ivy says, "Now, I have a lien on my home because of this."

So 7 On Your Side cut through this curb controversy with a few calls to the the city's Department of Buildings. And a few days later? The city apologized and swiped out all Ivy's violations.

"I appreciate it, it relieved the stress. Allot of stress. Thank you very much thank you all," said a relieved homeowner.

The NYC Department of Buildings told us Ivy's violations should never have been issued. They weren't sure why it wasn't cleared up after Ivy went to court, they're just sure the lien and the violations are now gone.

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Story by: Tappy Phillips


Produced by: Steve Livingstone

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STORY BY: Eyewitness News reporter Tappy Phillips


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