Thursday, April 17, 2014

Follow us:
Follow @NY1 on Twitter Subscribe to this news feed 

News

NYCHA Residents Sue Over Slow Repairs

  • Text size: + -
TWC News: NYCHA Residents Sue Over Slow Repairs
Play now

Time Warner Cable video customers:
Sign in with your TWC ID to access our video clips.

  To view our videos, you need to
enable JavaScript. Learn how.
install Adobe Flash 9 or above. Install now.

Then come back here and refresh the page.

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."

10.11.12.247 ClientIP: 54.205.59.78, 184.51.126.20 UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 (http://commoncrawl.org/faq/) Profile: TWCSAMLSP