Blumenfield spokesman Jason Levin said the councilman has not decided how much money should be put toward the program. However, City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana, the high-level budget analyst, recommended three weeks ago that
Santana's recommendation has not yet reached the council.
The council first created a "50-50" sidewalk repair program in 2004, allowing property owners and the city to split reconstruction costs evenly. The program, which focused only on residential streets, ended five years later as city leaders scrambled to cut costs during a major economic downturn.
Since then, advocates for the disabled have gone to court to demand that the city complete the repairs needed to ensure that wheelchair users can travel on sidewalks without obstruction.