Verizon, Marine Park disconnect over utility work

MARINE PARK - Some Marine Park homeowners complain Verizon isn't hearing what they're saying about unsightly utility poles on their tree-lined streets.

Avenue T residents say Verizon vans recently showed up to drill large holes in sidewalks and install towering utility poles. Homeowners say they were never informed the communications company would be running wires for its fiber broadband Internet service in front of their homes. They say the neighborhood was designed to have utility wires running through their backyards, and they want to know why Verizon isn't following suit.

Residents have also contacted the Department of Parks & Recreation to find out whether trees are at risk of being cut back to make way for the wires.

Verizon counters it has permits from the city and says it informed local leaders about its plans.

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