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Lower Manhattan Residents Call For Removal Of Generators

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Since Hurricane Sandy hit more than six weeks ago, dozens of buildings in Lower Manhattan have depended on diesel generators to keep the lights on and the elevators working. But people who call Lower Manhattan home say it's time to get those building running under their own power again and get the noisy, fume-producing generators out. NY1's Arlene Borenstein filed the following report.

Councilwoman Margaret Chin says residents of Lower Manhattan are fed up with dozens of generators in the area making a racket and spewing fumes into the air, into homes and offices.

"This morning a resident called us, my office, crying, because when she got out of the subway, she fainted," Chin said.

Chin points to a commercial building at 60 Broad Street containing mainly city and state offices. She says two large generators powering the building have created a major air quality issue, especially for people who live on Beaver Street.

The New York City Health Department says its inspection found no impact on air quality. Don't tell that to Barry Rosenthal, who lives across the street. He's still being monitored after his exposure to pollution from the World Trade Center collapse.

"I already have a problem from 9/11," Rosenthal said. "I'm in a program that's testing my lung capacity."

Rosenthal, his wife and their 17-year old daughter are now using the same air filters given to them in the aftermath of September 11th to get them through the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Chin says that’s unacceptable. She says Con Edison is not to blame. Instead, it's the fault of management companies that are still running their buildings on generator power.

"They are not able to accept power," Chin said. "The city must hold these management companies responsible and force them to make repairs as quickly as possible.

NY1 has reached out to Piedmont Office Realty, the building that manages 60 Broad Street, and is waiting for their response.

Chin's office says 60 Broad Street was supposed to get power back on this week. However, that's now been pushed back to January 10.

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