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Second sinkhole opens on Washington Avenue

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Albany/HV: Second sinkhole opens on Washington Avenue
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KINGSTON, N.Y. -- A second sinkhole has opened on Washington Avenue in Kingston. Officials said they are seriously concerned about the stability of the road.

The first sinkhole opened up on Washington Avenue back in April, and officials said that sinkhole has now reopened, in addition to this second sinkhole opening. In June, the Kingston Common Council voted to secure $1.6 million so they could repair the first sinkhole. They said that dealing with these sinkholes is not typical.

"It's complicated because it's not just an ordinary sinkhole you encounter in other parts of the city where a sewer pipe has gotten loose or there's been some disturbance. This is activity that is 80 feet below the level of the street," said Tom Hoffay, Common Council Chair of Finance.

"Coming off the New York State Thruway, and only six or seven blocks up, you run into this. We need to get it up and going," said Renato DiBella, owner of DiBella's Pizzeria.

DiBella said his pizza shop was able to continue business successfully during the repairs of the first sinkhole, and hope he will be able to rise above the challenges that the sinkholes will bring this time around. A council meeting will be held on Wednesday to discuss what action will be taken to repair the street.

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