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NY1 For You: Manhattan Resident Without Cooking Gas for Nearly Six Months

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Cooking gas should be a basic service for city residents, but one Manhattan tenant is running on fumes after months of trying to get Con Edison and his landlord to turn the gas back on in his apartment. Susan Jhun filed the following "NY1 For You" report.

A lack of gas has ignited the anger of tenant Maurice Engler who enters his sixth month without cooking gas.

"It's a big inconvenience and it's costly," says Engler.

Engler says having to eat out for every meal and missing work waiting for plumbers adds up.

The tired tenant says he lost his cooking gas back in December when his building's maintenance men punctured a gas line while trying to fix a light in his kitchen.

Since then, Engler says, everyone's been passing the buck.

"[Con Edison] keeps saying, 'I don't know. It looks like, on paper, you should get gas. You can turn it back on,' but there's not even a meter there and then the landlord is saying, 'Oh yeah, well we're waiting."

We contacted the company representing the landlord and we were told it is attentive to the situation, but unfortunately the process has taken longer than expected because of requests for access to perform work and the availability of the different agencies.

We then contacted Con Ed and a spokesman told us for the first four months they didn't receive the pressure test affidavits needed before restoration can take place.

He went on to say, last month, Con Ed finally received the appropriate documentations, but since then, haven't been able to gain access to the apartment.

The Con Ed spokesman said a turn on notification has been issued again, this time scheduled for July 2.

A glimmer of hope for Engler that gas will finally be restored.

We'll let you know what happens.

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