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Petition demands permanent fixes to Morrisania building's elevator service

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Tenants in a Morrisania building say they've been dealing with elevator issues for decades, and they believe it's time the issue be resolved once and for all.

747 East 168th St. is a six-floor building. Rosa Cepeda has lived on the top floor since 1998, all the while battling spotty elevator service. She say's shes also been stuck in the elevator eight times.

In the most recent instance, the elevator has been out for weeks, according to tenant Idalia Mercado.

"We have people living in this building who are handicapped, disabled, pregnant, even people who have had surgery on their backs having to walk up these flights of stairs," says Mercado.

A Department of Buildings search reflects the elevator service claims, showing the building has had 49 complaints going back to 1998. Twenty-nine of those complaints have been made in the last three years, four of which are still active.

Mercado is taking matters into her own hands, starting a petition among neighbors to demand a permanent fix.

News 12 reached out to Kraus Management, which is in charge of the building, but has not heard back.

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