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Tenants Say Brooklyn Building Plagued With Over 1,200 Violations

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Tenants of 300 Putnam Avenue in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn say they have gone without heat, hot water, gas and elevator service for more than six months.

They say the landlord has pretty much disappeared.
The city housing department took over the building, but turned it over to the non-profit group Bridge Street Development. But tenants still say the building has over 1,200 violations, including holes in ceilings, rats and roaches.

"Some people's apartments are falling apart, deteriorating, and they are doing nothing. All we ask is to be treated fair," said resident Ernestine Holmes. "We want a decent home to live in. We [didn't] say roll out the red carpet but fix up what we got and make it livable."

"If they gave us a timeline at least we can try to deal with it until then, but we don't know what's going on," said resident Vernon McNally. "They [aren't] telling us nothing about the apartments or anything."

Bridge Street Development says the problems are due to the building's age and they are working to respond to tenants needs.
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