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NY1 For You: S.I. Residents Straight Up Concerned Over Leaning Utility Pole

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Some Staten Island residents say they're worried about a potential hazard they say could be electrifying. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following report.

A large, leaning electric pole is looming over residents in Staten Island's Elm Park neighborhood.

"It's going to fall. When it's windy out, when we get a windy day, you could see it actually rocking back and forth," says Steven Desimone, a concerned resident.

Those living near the pole say it's unstable from Hurricane Sandy and worry it won't be able to weather another storm.

"My main concern is I have kids here, I have three little girls, my neighbors have little kids. This seems to be like the area where they like to play and just the safety of the people," says Desimone.

It's a concern Desimone says Con Ed has not addressed.
"I don't want to call the police for this but Con Edison, instead of coming out here and seeing how bad it's getting, they just say, 'Okay, it's getting worse? He's saying it's a hazard? Call the police,'" says Desimone.

Neighbors say the police can't do anything.

NY1 called Con Ed and a spokesman said the pole is scheduled for repairs within the first quarter of this year and they are now sending an inspector to the site to check it out.

"NY1 For You" will continue to follow the story.

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