Based on Section 19-152 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York, people who own properties are responsible for installing, repairing, and maintaining sidewalks that are in front of their property. During certain times of the week or month, sidewalk inspectors go around and check sidewalks to see how safe they are. If there are any problems with sidewalks, the property owner will be told about the problems and will have a certain amount of time to make the necessary repairs. If the repairs are not made in the required time, the City may hire private construction companies to make the repairs and bill the property owner.
With the new Expedited Sidewalk Repair Program that was started in October 2009, if a property owner was given notice of a repair, the owner can request the DOT do the repairs and bill the property owner. This way the repairs would get done faster. The actual repairs would begin within 45 days once the property owner files the necessary request with the City.
Being this is the case, have you seen any improvement in sidewalks in your neighborhood since October 2009?