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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.”
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.
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.”