Some Public Housing Residents Happy To See Plans To Keep Power Flowing In Emergencies
While some New Yorkers are saying the funding is taking too long to trickle down to them, others in public housing who reacted to the city's plans for federal funds to recover from Hurricane Sandy said they are happy to hear something is being done to make sure the power keeps flowing in the event of another emergency. NY1's Michael Herzenberg filed the following report.
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Nyasia Horn lives on the 14th floor of a public housing building in Coney Island. She said that Hurricane Sandy hit the whole Carey Gardens development hard.
"It's something that nobody wants to experience, never, ever, ever," Horn said. "It was a bad feeling."
Horn lives with her mother and little brother. They said that they were without electricity for almost a week after the storm, and were without heat, hot water and elevator service for even longer.
"It was horrible," said one resident. "We stayed in the house through it all."
Temporary boilers still pump heat into some of the buildings in the complex. The $120 million going to public housing developments will help provide improve building infrastructure systems in low-lying areas.
For example, more than 100 buildings will get backup generators built above flood levels. NYCHA is giving priority to buildings that house seniors and other vulnerable residents.
People at the Carey Gardens Complex hope they're on the list.
"It would be a good idea to have some generators aside so everybody would be alright," said one resident.
"That's good," Horn said. "We need stuff like that. We need that."
"That sounds very good because I believe we really need that," said another resident.
The New York City Housing Authority Chairman said that the upgrades will ensure that essential services, including elevator service and emergency lighting, will be maintained during and after a storm.