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NYCHA Residents Sue Over Slow Repairs

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Public housing residents on the Lower East Side say they have had enough and are suing the city housing authority over much needed repairs.

More than 300 residents of the Alfred E. Smith Houses filed a lawsuit against NYCHA, saying they've had to deal with gas outages, leaking ceilings and walls, toxic mold, and broken appliances for too long.

They say the agency is responsible for ensuring that their buildings are habitable and for making emergency repairs.

Some issues cited in the lawsuit go back decades, but most are from within the last three years, when residents say repairs got particularly slow.

"It's just gotten worse. They come in, they do like a quick patchwork and it's gone in like three months," said Kristin Amezquita, a NYCHA resident.

"It's an ongoing problem. I'm tired, I'm so tired. I'm done," said Smith Houses Resident Association President Aixa Torres.

The tenants' first day in court is scheduled for June 5.

In response, NYCHA released a statement saying, in part, "Staff of the New York City Housing Authority continue their dedicated efforts to close the backlog of repairs at Smith Houses as we have throughout NYCHA." ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP