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NY1 For You: Family's Sandy Mold Problems Ignored By Building Management

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Residents at Wavecrest Gardens apartments in Far Rockaway say management has let them down since Hurricane Sandy, and now one family battling mold in their home says the building is ignoring a serious health risk. NY1's Susan Jhun has the story.

Aiysha Simon and her family are forced to sleep on a pull out couch in their living room because of a bad case of mold growing in their bedroom.

"I discovered an extensive amount of mold on our furniture, particularly my son's crib, behind our headboard, on my nightstand, in our carpeting," Simon said.

Simon says she has noticed mold in her home at Wavecrest Gardens apartments in Far Rockaway for a while, but that it got significantly worse after Sandy.

"We had the air quality of the room tested and found out there are three different types of mold spores," she said.

Simon and her fiance say that Pelican Management, which manages Wavecrest Gardens, sent someone out to clean the mold, which quickly spread to their kitchen. But the work wasn't enough to completely eradicate it.

"I've spoken to management and I've asked them, 'I don't feel comfortable, this is a health risk, please get us out of here as soon as possible,'" she said.

The family requested a transfer, but Simon says management hasn't responded with options. She says her lease ends this month and she has no plans of resigning if it means continuing to live in unsafe conditions.

"We need to know where we're going to be. We waited in good faith, we followed the things they have told us to do, we allowed the people to come in and clean," Simon said. "But there is still mold in this apartment, and at this point in time, we don't feel comfortable having our child here."

We reached out to Pelican Management but have not heard back. In the meantime, Simon says she will continue fighting the mold until she's forced to move out.

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