Staten Island homeowners say an area of marsh that was once a peaceful wildlife sanctuary and has turned into a dump covered with debris from Hurricane Sandy continues to cause a whole host of issues for the neighborhood, more than one month after an NY1 For You report. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following NY1 For You report.
More than a month ago, NY1 For You told viewers about a littered lot, once home to thriving wildlife, that neighbors say became a breeding ground for pests when a ton of trash was brought in from the surge of Hurricane Sandy and was never cleaned up.
"Prior to Hurricane Sandy, this was basically a refuge," said homeowner Paul Bosco. "You had the reeds and you had all natural wildlife. And since Hurricane Sandy, it's like a dumping ground. The wildlife has left because there's nothing there for them, and nobody's coming in here to clean this. So what it's turning into, it's turning into an infestation."
"The rodents are terrible," said homeowner Theresa Connor. "There's so much garbage in the wetlands that the surge brought in that it has to be cleaned."
Another concern for residents is the lack of drainage in the wetlands, which they believe is caused by all of the debris. It brings the threat of more flooding and, as the weather gets warmer, standing water and mosquitoes.
Back in January, NY1 For You tried but was unable to contact the owner of the private property. NY1 For You also called the New York City Office of Emergency Management and a spokesman said they were looking into the situation.
Now, several weeks later, the situation is the same. NY1 called OEM to find out what's going on, and a spokesman told us inspectors were sent to the location and determined that the debris on the wetlands does not present a health and safety hazard. He went on to say that because it's private property, the city won't clean it, which puts neighbors at a loss as to how to deal with the situation.
NY1 For You is continuing to try and reach the owner of the property and will keep you updated.