A family's badly broken down bathroom on the Lower East Side is finally being fixed after the city's housing authority said it would be done over five months ago. NY1's Jon Weinstein filed the following report.
As of Tuesday morning, the walls and ceiling in the bathroom in Janai Williams' apartment at the Baruch Houses were covered with black splotches. She says a city inspector told her it was mold that she and her five kids had lived with for years.
It was the second time NY1 had been to see her, and she was clearly frustrated.
"I don't understand. Are they waiting for my kids to get, what, hospitalized behind this? I don't know what they're waiting for, because you're dragging your feet," said Williams.
Back in August, NY1 showed the decrepit condition of this bathroom and said the city's Housing Authority promised to fix it in "the coming weeks." Well workers kind of did.
They installed a mirror and a sink and bolted down the toilet, but they left behind peeling paint and mold.
She says a judge in housing court ordered the mold to be cleaned up by Jan. 12. The Housing Authority said the deadline was Feb. 11. But for Williams, that wasn't really the point.
"This should've been taken care of when I first reported it, but yet it's back and forth, back and forth to court. I'm confused as to how do you believe that mold in a house full of children is not important," said Williams.
And there were other problems. Williams left her holiday decorations up over this bathroom back wall because it was peeling and she was worried her 2-year-old might pick at the paint.
"I have no idea what's in that. I don't know if it's lead, I have no idea what that is, so I keep it covered. I mean we've been going back and forth with this for how long now," said Williams.
For its part, the Housing Authority says it tried to fix the problems but that Williams wouldn't let workers in. Williams says that's not the case at all. But regardless, once again, when NY1 got involved the Housing Authority took notice.
Late Tuesday afternoon workers started removing the mold.
"It's a process and they took the first steps, so let's just hope we don't have to go through this again," said Williams.
And you can be sure NY1 will keep following up to make sure all the promised repairs are made.