Tenants at Smith Houses Once Again Without Gas Service

Alfred E. Smith Houses. File photo.
Alfred E. Smith Houses.

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.

Residents have been cooking meals on hot plates, a “temporary solution” the elected officials called unsafe and inconvenient for tenants, especially those with large families.  And they urged NYCHA to do a better job of communicating with residents about the situation.