Really Terrible Awful Neglect of Public Housing Residents Still Happening

Greg B. Smith of the Daily News reports that  “21,000 NYCHA residents in 114 buildings across Brooklyn, Queens and lower Manhattan still without power.” THIS IS INFURIATING. There is also no heat or water because of the way the water is pumped into high rises. IT HAS BEEN EIGHT DAYS, BTW.

The part that is CRAZIEST TO ME was that Con Ed was TOTALLY ALL READY TO TURN THE POWER BACK ON TWO DAYS AGO, “but a NYCHA contractor had yet to show up to finish repairing the authority’s electrical system that was damaged during the flood.” Brooklyn City Councilman Stephen Levin put it best: “The level of dysfunction and apathy from NYCHA to the tenants of NYCHA is shocking.” Residents say NYCHA officials haven’t been around. Any aid has come from independent groups and other residents.

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madrassoup (#929)

There are a few things you can do to stave off the rage stroke. One, email John Rhea, the head of the NYCHA:

john.rhea@nycha.nyc.gov.

Also, sign this change.org petition:

https://www.change.org/petitions/nycha-turn-on-the-electricity-for-victims-of-sandy-living-in-public-housing

And, support organizations working to serve tenants in Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan. The Red Hook Initiative is one place to start:

http://rhicenter.org/tag/hurricane-relief/

chic noir (#713)

And them people wonder why poor and working class people from the projects never smile. If your life was one of just existing on a basic level of survival in the world’s richest country, where your elected leaders don’t give a flying *beep* about you, you would find little to smile about.”

Kzinti (#1,805)

I don’t know what NYCHA stands for, but perhaps those of you in the Northeast are unaccustomed to the consequences of hurricanes. Here in Texas, many people were without power for weeks after Hurricane Ike. It takes time to rebuild damaged infrastructure. Also, pro tip – don’t pelt utility workers with eggs when they are trying to get your power back on.

RachelG8489 (#1,297)

@Kzinti NYCHA is the NYC Housing Authority. They run public housing, aka the projects.

And no, we aren’t accustomed to hurricanes. Because we never have hurricanes. Our preparation for a storm that does this level of damage- which is absolutely unprecedented, by the way- is about equivalent to what your local government has prepared for a blizzard. That is: basically nothing. Because it doesn’t happen.

/New Yorker who is SUPER FRUSTRATED with people from FL and Gulf Coast ragging on us for not being prepared for a hurricane.

Kzinti (#1,805)

@RachelG8489 I didn’t use the word “prepared” at all. I know that you cannot be prepared at the level that we are down here. However, the point was that 8 days, or even several weeks, without power is not that uncommon in the aftermath of a hurricane. Luckily for you guys, it is not 98 degrees with 98% humidity, which is what generally happens when we get a hurricane.

Lore (#2,636)

@Kzinti It’s not 98 degrees, but it is below freezing, which is equally dangerous. For a lot of these high-rise buildings, too, losing power means losing not just heat and hot water but any water above the fifth floor or so; combine that with the percentage of elderly or ill residents who can’t climb six + flights of stairs, and you get a pretty substantial number of people who are trapped in apartments with no power, heat, or water. And a lot of these are not buildings that were in the mandatory evacuation zone.

Being without power in a single-family home which you can enter and leave is a very different thing.

RachelG8489 (#1,297)

@Kzinti No, it isn’t 98 degrees. Instead, IT SNOWED THIS WEEK.

I would take 98 degrees with serious humidity without power over SNOW.

Kzinti (#1,805)

@RachelG8489 @Lore

Interesting – I would take snow and cold over 98 degrees in a situation without power. It is easier to warm yourself without power than to cool yourself down without power.

@Lore – Not sure why you made the assumption that people down here all in in single-family homes. The living arrangements of people without power do not have bearing on the fact that it takes time, after such a large storm, to rebuild the infrastructure necessary to provide power. The utility companies do everything that they can to return power as soon as possible. It is uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous to be without power after such a storm, but it is ridiculous to make it out to be some sort of class warfare.

Kzinti (#1,805)

Also, we were lucky enough to find a generator (at an exorbitant price, but it was worth it) when our power was out after Hurricane Ike. Once our power was restored, we loaned it to friends who had no power. Once their power was restored, they loaned it to friends of theirs who had no power, etc. It was probably used by 5 or 6 families over the month or so that many people were without power. If you have friends who have generators, please encourage them to do this for those who don’t have power (but make sure that the people place them on their balconies or fire escapes – they are not meant to be used indoors).

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