NYC breaks Sandy victim’s water pipe — and he has to pay to fix it

Posted at 8:30 PM, Jan 02, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-23 12:14:13-05

Charles Zureide, like so many in the Rockaways, was rocked by Hurricane Sandy.  He never expected to be hit by the city too.

In addition to $20,000 worth of damage to his home, he has to pay $6,500 to fix a water pipe that he says Sanitation trucks are responsible for breaking.

“On top of all the repairs, I had six feet of water in this apartment from front to back,” said Zureide.

Zureide filed a complaint with the Comptroller’s office, but he says why hit him when he is already down?  He wonders why he has to pay for this broken pipe that he did not break.

“Please come and fix my water main,” Zureide said. “How else could it have been broken if it wasn’t the large trucks that they were using to remove the debris?”