NY1 For You: Brooklyn Tenants Endure Fourth Week Without Power As Landlord, Con Ed Quibble
Many New Yorkers who lost their power due to Hurricane Sandy are now at the mercy of their landlords to make repairs to their buildings before power can be restored, including a group of tenants in the Sheepshead Bay section of Brooklyn that turned to NY1 for help. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following report.
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Tenants in an apartment building in the Sheepshead Bay section of Brooklyn are entering their fourth week after Hurricane Sandy without power.
"We're living in limbo," says renter Lynn Guberman. "There's no heat, hot water, electric, power. There's nothing."
Residents say they are being told it is going to be at least three to four more weeks before they get power back.
"Con Ed says, 'Well, your landlord has to do this,' and our landlord says, 'Well, Con Ed didn't do this,' so we don't get any answers," says Guberman.
"The problem is we can't point a finger at Con Ed or the landlord because we don't know who is saying the truth. One says the other one has the responsibility or the liability and the other says the other has the liability," says renter Sandy Cohen. "But we're really not interested in that, we just want electric, heat, hot water. We just want to live normally."
A NY1 crew ran into the landlord at the building and he refused to comment on the situation.
The station then called Consolidated Edison and a spokesman said the utility has restored all customers that could accept power.
He went on to say there are about 1,000 customers who still need to get their own repairs.
It's a stressful situation for the long-time tenants, who simply want to return home.
"I wish I could go back home, badly," says Guberman.