Last week we told you about the uphill battle by some public housing residents to get their gas turned back on after outages lasting up to four months. On Wednesday, tenants were assured by officials of New York’s Housing Authority that repairs would be made within a few days.
This afternoon there’s some good news. NYCHA administrators have told State Senator Daniel Squadron that service to 17 impacted apartments in the Smith Houses has been restored. Work has now begun at the Two Bridges complex, where 26 apartments have been without gas for several weeks. NYCHA has promised to finish those repairs by Friday. At the Baruch Houses, where 14 units are affected, a permit has been filed. As soon as the Department of Buildings approves it, work will be completed within two weeks.
Last week, officials said stringent safety regulations as well as concern about asbestos caused the delays. Squadron and other elected officials became involved when they learned about the situation about two weeks ago.