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This should be filed under stupid government tricks.

Rosanne and Joe Cavaliere are still trying to clean up from the hurricane.  As you can see in the picture above, they have branches through their roof, busted front windows. By law they cannot remove the tree because it is owned by New York City, but that didn’t stop them from receiving a ticket from the city for failing to clean up the tree. Apparently the mommy/Mayor is upset they didn’t clean up their rooms-even though it was the Mayor’s mess.

They are not the only ones living in this  Queens neighborhood who were written up for failing to clean up the city’s mess. It is yet another new complication in life in Mommy Bloomberg’s New York City, where sodas are small, salt and triglycerides are scarce, smoking is not allowed outside and baby formula is unavailable to new mother’s in city hospitals.

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“It makes me angry, but it’s also ridiculous!” Rosanne Cavaliere told CBS 2’s Jessica Schneider.

They got it on Nov. 9, cited with “failure to maintain” their property.But as they pointed out to CBS 2’s Schneider on Tuesday night, it’s a city tree that they were waiting for the city to remove.

“It was over two weeks before someone came and removed it from the house, and we were patient enough with that, but then to just be slapped with a violation,” Joe Cavaliere said.

The Department of Buildings said the citation is a mere formality. It’s a way to keep track of all downed trees But for people in this neighborhood…it’s a permanent mark on their property that they want removed from the records.

“They’re not only upset, but they’re insulted. And they’re nervous! They don’t know what’s going to happen as a result of having this violation,” said Elaine Young of the local neighborhood association.

The Department of Buildings released the following statement: “We have been working closely with property owners as they prepare to rebuild, and part of our process is documenting the damage that has occurred. These violations do not carry any monetary penalties, and if any homeowner has a question, please call 311.”

But that explanation didn’t fly with the Cavalieres.

“I want the violation off my house, off my record, and all of our neighbors,” Rosanne Cavaliere said.

The Department of Buildings said, for the now, the citations will stand, but the Cavalieres said they’ll continue to fight to get them removed.

Maybe the mayor should get his head out of his arse and start caring about the things a mayor should be concerned with such as running the city.  Instead he wastes time trying to regulate what we put in our own bodies.

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