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Letter to Mayor Jennings regarding dangerous situation of sidewalk in Lincoln Park

Published on 1/6/2008

January 6, 2008

Hon. Gerald Jennings
City of Albany
City Hall
24 Eagle Street
Albany, New York 12207

Dear Mayor Jennings:

A dangerous situation exists in Lincoln Park. The sidewalk on the east side of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard (S. Swan Street) is continuously covered with ice in the winter, despite the efforts of the Department of General Services to keep the sidewalk clear of snow and ice. This stretch of sidewalk also is uneven and this unsafe condition has led to many people tripping and falling while walking along this sidewalk, even in good weather.

I have enclosed three e-mail letters I received concerning this dangerous situation from residents who live in the Lincoln Park neighborhood and who walk along this stretch of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. These letters both bear witness to the dangerous situation that exists and provide firsthand accounts of pedestrians falling and being injured due to the unsafe condition of the sidewalk.

With this letter, and the enclosed copies of e-mail letters, I am putting the City of Albany, New York on notice that a dangerous situation exists in Lincoln Park and that this dangerous situation needs to be rectified immediately. Many people, including children attending the Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (elementary school) and Hackett Middle School (currently under reconstruction), must use this sidewalk to walk through Lincoln Park in order to get to their destination. It is imperative that the City of Albany, New York correct the dangerous situation that exists along Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.

Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.


Dominick Calsolaro
Common Council Member - First Ward