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NYCHA Hopes to Power 11 Developments This Weekend, Mayor is Skeptical

Eleven public housing developments have been without power since Hurricane Sandy hit on Oct. 29.

Eleven New York City Housing Authority developments are still without power after Hurricane Sandy hit more than a week ago, and while NYCHA says the lights will turn on this weekend, many are skeptical, according to the New York Daily News.

NYCHA Chairman John Rhea said on Wednesday that power will be restored to developments this weekend, but the next day Mayor Michael Bloomberg said: “I’m not sure we can make it.”

Damage from Sandy knocked out power – and heat – to many NYCHA buildings in low-lying areas along the waterfront, like in Red Hook, Gowanus and Coney Island, as well as buildings in Far Rockaway, Queens, and the lower East Side and Chinatown.

According to the Daily News, 13,000 public housing residents were still in the dark, and cold, on Thursday.

According to the paper, Bloomberg said that heat should arrive “sometime early next week.”

According to Salon, some of the horrors of public housing complexes post-Sandy have included seniors trapped in their units because of non-working elevators, strong smells of urine and feces in buildings without working plumbing, not to mention almost-freezing temperatures at night. Many residents have said that no one from a city agency has come to check up on them.

Maggie Galvin November 10, 2012 at 07:28 PM
" Many residents have said that no one from a city agency has come to check up on them." Nothing like a little taste of Katrina to make the disaster complete. Good thing regular volunteers and even reporters have been doing their best to hike up the stairs and check on these folks.
maribel November 13, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Very disappointed with NY Housing Authorities, no hot water, and no heat plus no electricity. It's been more then two weeks now! What are they waiting for someone to die! I hope not, Red Hook Projects has been under water for a while now, how sad is that. I would like to say thank you to all the volunteers for going up the stairs and giving care packages to all the elderly especially my father-in-law who is in his 80(He's been with me for the last week and a half) went back today. I Hope that all will be ok for tonite, if not I will bring him back to our house.....

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