Staten Island Overgrown Lot Ownership Dispute

The area in New Dorp has waist-high weeds and untrimmed grass, in stark contrast to the adjacent Miller Field, which is owned by the National Park Service

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    A Staten Island community is debating who should be responsible for maintaining the side shrubbery next to a park in New Dorp. Tracie Strahan reports.

    Neither the city nor the National Park Service will claim responsibility for an overgrown patch of land on Staten Island -- but residents want them to work it out, and clean it up.

    The walkway in New Dorp has waist-high weeds and untrimmed grass, in stark contrast to the adjacent Miller Field, which is owned by the U.S. National Park Service.

    Dario Veggian, who lives nearby, said when he called the National Park Service, they told him it was the city's responsibility. The city, meanwhile, argued in a statement that the land is owned by the park service.

    "It used to be a nice, pretty well-cleaned area," Veggian told NBC 4 New York.

    Borough President James Molinaro sais the Park service used to cut the area as a courtesy, but recently received an internal order to stop.

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