Seniors at Pelham Parkway Houses want sidewalk fixed

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Some senior citizens living at the Pelham Parkway Houses want the city to fix a broken sidewalk they claim is a safety hazard.

Gwendolyn Palmer, 66, and others depend on the Access-A-Ride service, a city transportation program for people with disabilities who cannot use mass transit. A few times, Palmer claims that she missed her doctor appointments because of the extra time it takes for the driver to get her from the cracked sidewalk into the van.

"I had to cancel going to adult day care program because I can't do this everyday," she says.

Lula Bradley, 79, also depends on the transportation service. She says calls to get the sidewalk repaired have proved fruitless.

The New York City Housing Authority says it's partnered with the city Department of Transportation to identify problem areas and improve sidewalks, but the property in question belongs to the DOT.

In the meantime, the tenants say they are fed up with dealing with the broken sidewalk.

News 12 is awaiting comment from the DOT.

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