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Some Red Hook Residents Continue To Deal With No Heat, Spotty Electricity

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14,000 residents of public housing will sleep with no heat Thursday night, while electricity remains spotty for thousands, including Red Hook residents. NY1's Michael Herzenberg filed the following report.

Tenants of four buildings in the Red Hook Houses thanked Con Edison workers Thursday night after living with no electricity.

The power has been on and off, and workers spent seven hours repairing wiring corroded by the salt water from Sandy.

Residents like Shirley Lovett say no one told them it was coming.

"I'm looking at my TV. Price is Right and all of sudden, boom, the lights go out," she said. "I'm pissed and I'm mad. I got food in the refrigerator."

Workers said they have to shut down the buildings to repair the lines safely.

The New York City Housing Authority says all of its 402 buildings hit with power outages had their electricity restored, but as it continues to troubleshoot problems, service will remain spotty.

In some cases, crews still pump out water, and in one basement, the force of the flooding destroyed retaining walls.

"Demolition first and then the repairs," said one person. "We're doing both. We got two teams."

76 public housing buildings still didn't have heat Thursday night. Some use an open flame on their stoves, risking fires and carbon monoxide poisoning, to take the chill out of the air.

"We haven't had any heat, what is it, 16 days now?" said resident Jay McKnight.

He isn't complaining, but his wife Andrea is less tolerant of the conditions.

"This city has never seen nothing like this. This is hard on everybody," he said. "Whatever happens, it happens. You have to roll with it."

"It's, like, blame all over the place and nobody's fixing anything," said Andrea McKnight.

One couple grilled out in the dark Thursday night while workers from all over the country continued to deliver and turn on temporary boilers to return heat to buildings.

At Red Hook Houses, the last of the five temporary boilers is being brought on line,and the hope is everyone should start to feel heat sometime Friday. The housing authority hopes to have heat restored to all its buildings by Saturday.

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