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Briarcliff to Seek 'Full Restitution' for Sidewalk Damage

The village is currently repaving the sidewalk on North State Road.

After two village youths the last week for allegedly vandalizing a new North State Road sidewalk, the damage is being corrected.

"We managed to salvage about 30 percent of it," said Philip Zegarelli, village manager.

The 15 and 16-year-old residents in the sidewalk's wet cement last Tuesday evening, leaving permanent footprints once the cement hardened.

As for the new sidewalk—"We are funding it at taxpayer dollars, but we fully expect to achieve full restitution, including potential penalties for what happened," Zegarelli stated.

The total damage, "when you include all the additional items, is slightly over $20,000," he added.

Both suspected youths have been charged with felonies and police said earlier this week they have been directed to family court.

However, as one of the youths turned 17 on Saturday, Zegarelli said it's possible "he would be tried as an adult."

"It doesn't affect, however, the fact that we will be seeking full restitution," he emphasized.

Down the road, the village plans to install a guide rail, benches and lighting along the 500-foot stretch of roadway that closed for several months in late August 2011.

"We're doing more lighting at and we're doing lighting on North State," said Zegarelli. "Over time, we intend to join both ends and go north also on Pleasantville Road with new lights."

McKey Rivers April 13, 2012 at 01:28 PM
I'm sure it will be very painful for the parents or the individuals themselves to pay $20,000 for their stupidity, but the Village is absolutely right to get restitution for the damage. Maybe this result will influence the idiots who are destroying mail boxes on a weekly basis.
Merriam Webster April 13, 2012 at 04:49 PM
No wonder Briarcliff taxes are astronomical - it costs $20K to repair a wet sidewalk! Rather than cruel and unusual, make the punishment fit the crime.
Merriam Webster April 13, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Perhaps we should charge mailbox bashers only half, say $10K apiece??
McKey Rivers April 13, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Merriam, are you suggesting the Village is overstating the cost of redoing the sidewalk? As I read the news stories, the damage was so extensive that the complete or a substantial portion of the concrete work needs to be redone. Perhaps these young men or ladies should have considered the cost of finished cement work before destroying public property. I think a new mail box and post installed is going for around $200 these days.
Merriam Webster April 13, 2012 at 06:54 PM
McKey - You are certainly entitled to your opinion. But, to my way of thinking, $20K for re-pouring cement plus a FELONY charge on a minor is truly exorbitant, mean-spirited and even Draconian. However, $200 for an installed mailbox sounds reasonable
Gargamel April 14, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Merriam: You need to go to the dictionary and look up VANDALISM. The sidewalk was replaced. Have those guys pay for it, why should I or anyone paying taxes in Briarcliff? You live in Briarcliff? We pay a lot of dollars and why should i pay more when some parent doesn't know what their kids are doing?
Maria April 16, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Charging these kids with a felony is extreme and unnecessary. This is not the way to guide our young people. The damage to the sidewalk is done and has been repaired. Soon it will be forgotten. . Don't damage these young lives forever by having a felony associated with their names.
McKey Rivers April 16, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Maria (and Merriam), having these villains only incur of payment money (most likely their parents money) for the criminal behavior sends the message that if you engage in criminal wrongdoing against the community, you can buy your way out of it. This is a wrong and bad message to send to young people. Rather, the greater public good is served by requiring that the wrongdoers suffer an actual penalty as well as payment for the damage. A felony conviction would likely deter other youngsters from destroying public property and maybe cause whomever is destroying mailboxes in the community to think twice about that behavior.
Gargamel April 16, 2012 at 11:38 PM
l-o-l
Gargamel April 16, 2012 at 11:42 PM
sorry Maria ! I was LOL'ing so much i forgot to add my comments. You have to be kidding here! Don't you know the law? Just who do you think helped pay for the VANDALISM here? Who pays ? I do ! Obviously not you ! Maybe Mommie and Daddy can get a few bucks togwether and have their kid learn a lesson.

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