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Brooklyn, NY - Greenfield Teams With Chaveirim To Battle Potholes‏

Published on: April 12, 2011 02:19 PM
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Brooklyn, NY - Councilman David G. Greenfield announced today a partnership with Chaveirim, a volunteer group providing emergency automobile assistance and other important services to the community, that will help address the increasingly hazardous pothole situation in Boro Park and Midwood. Following severe winter weather in December and January, the nearly one thousand miles of roadway across the city were left damaged. Despite the Department of Transportation’s efforts to repair roadways - filling well over 150,000 potholes since January 1 - the pothole problems persist.

“I think you would be hard-pressed to find a single stretch of roadway in this city that wasn’t left with some pothole damage,” said Councilman Greenfield. “I’ve received hundreds of complaints in the last few months about the state of the streets in my district. When I relayed my concerns to the Department of Transportation, I was told that despite increased resources the greatest impediment to fixing streets is not knowing where to find the damage. That is why I am teaming up with Chaveirim to find dangerous potholes and report the locations directly to DOT. If we can help speed up the repair process, we can avoid unnecessary damage to vehicles and undue costs and inconvenience to drivers.”


Potholes are formed because of thawing and refreezing throughout the winter months. When snow and ice melt, the resulting water seeps into existing cracks in the pavement caused by the normal wear and tear of traffic. When temperatures dip below freezing, the water re-freezes and expands, causing the pavement to rise. When temperatures increase and thawing occurs again, the raised pavement then sinks and is further driven down by the weight of passing cars, resulting in a pothole. Potholes vary in size and depth, but the larger the pothole, the more damage it is likely to cause.

“As an organization that assists distressed vehicles, Chaveirim understands the hazards potholes pose to drivers,” said Chaveirim founder Rabbi Aron Y. Kohn. “That is why we are pleased to partner with Councilman Greenfield’s office to try to speed up street repairs in the community. Our volunteers will, as they drive the streets assisting drivers, report the locations of potholes to our dispatch who will then relay the information to Councilman Greenfield’s office. I applaud the Councilman for taking the initiative to streamline the reporting process. I am hopeful that by working together, the community will soon have more drivable streets.” 
Aside from locating potholes, DOT is also struggling to keep up with the volume of pothole reports. Councilman Greenfield intends to work with the DOT to ensure that they fill existing potholes in a timely manner and that hazardous road conditions don’t fall through the cracks.

“Not only do potholes damage vehicles, but they also pose a risk to pedestrians and cyclists,” noted Councilman Greenfield. “I think the only beneficiaries of potholes are the auto shops that are repairing tires and front-end damage to vehicles, which can easily cost drivers hundreds of dollars. Chaveirim’s amazing volunteers are the go-to guys for all car emergencies. Working together, we hope to prevent many of these emergencies from happening in the first place,” Greenfield concluded.

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 Apr 12, 2011 at 05:35 PM David is our Hero Says:

R' David thanks loads for everything, you are truly Amazing!


 Apr 12, 2011 at 06:36 PM Yossi Says:

i just cant understand why cant every driver who spots a pothole report direct to NYD dot by calling 311 or calling Davids office direct..Chaverim are bust answering calls all day helping out stranded drivers why do they need to be the shlich tzibir for pot holes...And i would like to add while we are talking about Chaverim...
I have seen numerous time that drivers call Chaveirim to have their tires changed and they dont have the decency to make the tire ready out of the trunk by the time the volunteer gets to him...Chaveirim is a volunteer service NOT triple A...Those volunteers have family and children like most of us have and its a chutzpah letting them do the shlepping .....Also if someone calls for a boost have your hood open for them so they can spot you from a few hundred feet away and they dont have to bend over in the cold and the heat to find your pop off switch...


 Apr 13, 2011 at 12:11 AM ribi Says:

This is not only in bp flatbush its all over ny city


 Apr 13, 2011 at 01:10 AM a-giten Says:

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ribi Says:

This is not only in bp flatbush its all over ny city

You are 100% right, there are also many other concelmembers who don't give a hoot what's going on in their district,


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