Residents in Inwood have been living without gas in their building for months, but after a NY1 story aired, the gas is back on and residents are being compensated for paying inflated electric bills for using portable stoves. NY1’s Susan Jhun filed the following NY1 For You report.
Residents at 172 Sherman Avenue in Inwood can finally cook at home after nine months without gas in their building.
“They act like they're going to fix it, they knock on our doors and they say, 'Yeah, next Wednesday,’” said tenant Nelly Gallardo.
That was last month. At the time, a spokesman from Con Edison told us Verizon damaged a gas service line in January, forcing them to shut off gas to the building from the end of January to July for repairs. However tenants said Executive Towers, which manages the building, was doing little to update them.
"This is something that is completely unacceptable,” Gallardo said.
Management provided families with portable electric stoves as a temporary solution, but many said it only added insult to injury.
"The electric bill has tripled because we have to use these electric stoves," Gallardo says. "No one's compensating us for that,” Gallardo said.
Only one day after our story aired, tenants said Con Ed came to inspect again and this time turned the gas back on. Residents also said Executive Towers is compensating them for electricity bills that were higher than normal because of the portable stoves.
Finally, some relief for these residents.