Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article misquoted Highway Superintendent Dave Paganelli. We regret the error.
YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Long considered an eyesore at one of the “gateways” to Yorktown, the New York State Department of Transportation last week began cleaning up its property at the intersection of routes 100 and 118.
“This is in our town and it looks like crap,” said Highway Superintendent Dave Paganelli. “It’s a terrible eyesore and a lot of our residents access and egress Yorktown through this intersection.”
Jason Zeif, the town’s code enforcement officer, said the state-owned land became a dumping ground for fallen trees shortly after Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Instead of eventually cleaning it up, the state kept piling on over the years.
“When trees fall down, they put them here,” Zeif said.
Supervisor Michael Grace said his office has received multiple complaints about the situation. He worked with Paganelli, Zeif, Town Attorney Michael J. McDermott and Deputy Supervisor Greg Bernard on solving the issue. Paganelli said they reached out to the DOT and the two sides reached an agreement.
On Wednesday, March 8, the DOT began the cleanup process, which involves grinding down the trees and transporting the mulch offsite.