Tuesday, March 31st, 2015
A few months ago, three police officers banged on Lisa Bertram’s apartment door in the middle of the night with a sick baby squirrel in their hands. She went to the door and poked her head out, took the squirrel into her apartment, and the officers left.
“Typical New York, no one [in the building] even asked me about it,” she says of the incident. “I just got weird looks on the way to the laundry room or getting my mail. Maybe people thought I was really dangerous and they shouldn’t get involved with me.”
Wednesday, March 25th, 2015
Standing at the pulpit, Nancy Baptiste led her congregation in reciting not amens or hymns, but the number most public housing tenants have committed to memory:
That’s the phone number New York City Housing Authority, or NYCHA, tenants call when something needs to be fixed. Too often, Baptiste said, no one shows up, the wrong work gets done, or the maintenance crew makes the problem worse.
“Enough is enough,” said Baptiste, who lives in Canarsie’s Bayview Houses. “It’s time for the mayor to show up and be accountable. Give NYCHA the money it needs to finish the work, hire enough staff to get the job done right, and make sure they’re properly supervised so the work is completed.”