Patience can wear thin when everyone else's problems are getting fixed and yours isn't -- especially when yours was the first in the neighborhood.
Anthony Cresci had given up hope that the curb and street in front of his house in Mount Sinai would ever get repaired. He provided this timeframe:
Fall 2011: LIPA removed a large maple, planted when the development was built decades ago, that had become a threat to utility wires. The tree stump and roots remained.
Fall 2012: Brookhaven Town removed the stump and roots, a process that, as expected, busted up about 20 feet of curb and adjacent roadway.
Superstorm Sandy then came along and toppled several other trees in the neighborhood, all leaving similar curb damage. And as months passed, those other curbs managed to get replaced.
Fall 2013: Still no curb at the Cresci house.
"It has been close to a year since the stump was removed" and wooden forms for a new curb set in place, Cresci wrote to Watchdog last monthnovember. He said he had made six or seven calls to the town Highway Department to find out "when they were going to replace the curb and repair the road," but got no results.
"The closest they came to an estimated repair date was the month of October. Well, that has come and gone," he wrote. "Unfortunately, I feel like they have overlooked my situation."
We told the Brookhaven Highway Department about the unfinished business. : that the wooden forms set in place more than a year earlier were still in place, awaiting a delivery of cement. A few days later, Cresci sent us another email: "I just want to let you know the town came yesterdaynov. 26, and finished the job. The curb is in," he wrote, "and the road in front of the curb has been repaved."
Why the delay?
"This particular curb required additional cement to be poured," department spokesman Frank Petrignani told us. "Originally, it was measured for a different amount than what was needed to complete the work" and wound up on a list Due to an abundance of these types of work orders, it"to be completed before the cold weather set in."
It got finished just in time.