Sunday, April 12th, 2015
For two days this winter, the school bus left without Anna Perez.
The elevators in her Bronx public housing development were out – again. Perez, 21, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, was stranded in her 10th floor apartment, according to her mother, Haydee Perez.
“It’s stressful, especially when I can’t take her to school,” said Haydee Perez, 51. “She starts crying.”
Thursday, April 9th, 2015
Tired waiting for repairs, frustrated tenants at one of the city’s biggest public housing developments filed suit charging conditions there are “a danger to their life, health or safety.”
Twenty tenants of Castle Hill Houses in the Bronx sued NYCHA, asking a judge to force repairs of moldy bathrooms, leaky pipes and broken elevators.
Monday, March 9th, 2015
Kayla Vitale’s heart stopped for more than 15 minutes as she was being transferred from one hospital to another after overdosing on heroin. “I wasn’t supposed to live,” she said recently
Now Vitale is five-months sober – and sharing her story. She hopes that her near-death experience will help prevent others from suffering a similar – or worse – fate.
Vitale is from Staten Island, where heroin death rates are 30 percent higher, per capita, than the city average. Experts believe heroin use skyrocketed following the 2012 passage of the I-STOP law, which made opiates harder to get.
Opiate addicts were forced to look elsewhere in order to feed pill habits, with many moving onto heroin, experts say.