Sepulveda, Blake and Gibson Tour Water-damaged NYCHA Building

SENATOR SEPULVEDA, OTHER BRONX ELECTEDS WORKING WITH NYCHA TO HELP RESTORE FLOOD-DAMAGED APARTMENTS, COMPENSATE TENANTS

State Senator Luis Sepulveda said today that he, Assemblyman Michael Blake and City Councilmember Vanessa Gibson are working with the New York City Housing Authority to help tenants after major flooding at the Morrisania Air Rights development on Park Avenue near E 158th Street in the Melrose section.

Water pipes burst there on Sunday and Monday, sending water cascading down from the 20th and 17th floors, flooding tenants’ apartments.

Senator Sepulveda said he and his fellow elected officials hope to see NYCHA quickly begin repairs and provide compensation to tenants to help them replace destroyed rugs and other furnishings.

“We also need to make sure there is a thorough examination of the building’s other water pipes to make sure this was only a one-time occurrence,” said the Senator.

Service on the 20-story building’s two elevators was also knocked out, forcing tenants, many of them elderly and infirm to use the stairs.

“I cannot think of more horrid condition for any tenant, especially elderly ones, to have to go through,” said Sepulveda after touring the building on Monday with Assemblyman Blake and City Councilmember Gibson. “We all want to help in any way we can to see these tenants return to their normal lives as quickly as they can.”

Sepulveda returned to the building on Tuesday to survey cleanup efforts and personally pitched in helping to mop floors in some elderly tenants’ apartments.

He noted that the city and NYCHA were quick to respond to the situation, and continue to work diligently to deal with it.

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