For the fourth time in two years, residents of the Smith Houses are having to deal with a long-term gas outage. This week, the neighborhood’s elected officials sent a letter to the New York City Housing Authority, calling the situation “simply unacceptable.”
Residents of 26 Madison Street have been told they’ll be without service for up to two months. The plea to NYCHA head John Rhea came from Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, City Councilmember Margaret Chin, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Borough President Scott Stringer. “There is obviously a chronic problem with gas outages at Smith Houses and it is essential that the New York City Housing Authority come up with a plan to address this issue in the long term,” they asserted.