“If the city isn’t going to fix the potholes, we might as well make the best of it,” quipped Assemblyman Hikind (D-Brooklyn) who is suggesting, if somewhat satirically, a “pothole beautification program” designed to make the best of a bad situation.
“Not only is the snow long gone, we’re just a few weeks from Memorial Day, but there’s still potholes all over the city,” said Hikind. “These conditions are deplorable. They endanger the lives and vehicles of everyone who drives over them or is forced to swerve around them. I know that the Department of Transportation has been filling them in here and there but how long will it take to finish the job? The City is responsible for making certain that the lives of New Yorkers are protected. Let the City bring in more resources as needed.”
In the meantime, Hikind says it’s time for a grass roots response, or at least a tree roots response.
“Next week, we will invite the public to a tree-planting ceremony and plant a small sapling in one of the more dangerous craters in the middle of a busy street,” he said. “Minimally, people will know where that pothole is so they won’t accidentally drive into it.”