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NY1 For You: Broken Street Light a Glaring Hazard, Residents Say

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A dark Queens neighborhood has residents worried about their safety and questioning why the city can't shed some light on the situation. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following "NY1 For You" report.

Pitch dark and dangerous best describes the state of a stretch of street in Flushing since a street light went out several months ago.

"Late at night it's a problem with the visibility with the cars. This is a one way street. We've had incidences where people are driving and they drive into the one way street because you can't even see the one way sign which is here," says Ceido Pichardo, a concerned resident.

"It's a residential neighborhood, we have an elderly facility right next door. We have a ton of families who live here with kids, who walk their dogs," says Kitt Slatko, another concerned resident.

Residents say they've been calling 311 and filing complaints to no avail.

"I've made constant reports, constant complaints. Later on finally, after the sixth call the 311 operator told me this was a Con Edison issue," says Ceido Pichardo, a concerned resident.

Once residents called Con Ed they say they were told the light would be fixed but instead it was removed.

NY1 contacted Con Ed who said it was a DOT issue. The station then contacted DOT and after looking into the situation a spokesman said a light will be reinstalled at the location. He went on to say a DOT contractor removed the pole because it had lost power and attempts by Con Edison to return power to the streetlight were unsuccessful.

The spokesman said DOT contractors will install a new pole on a new foundation at the site by the end of this month, at which point Con Ed can return power to the location.

It's a relief to residents who are happy to have light shed on the situation.

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