NYCHA complex tenants threaten to act due to long-term elevator issues in Mott Haven

Tenants at a New York City Housing Authority complex in Mott Haven are threatening to act and strike, after they say years of elevator issues have gone unattended.

News 12 Staff

Jul 14, 2021, 9:32 PM

Updated 1,010 days ago

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Tenants at a New York City Housing Authority complex in Mott Haven are threatening to act and strike, after they say years of elevator issues have gone unattended.
The elevators in the Mitchel Houses are constantly breaking down and not in the best shape, according to tenants.
The building is home to mostly seniors who say the elevator issues are especially troublesome.
Every day that the elevators are breaking down on the 16th or 17th floor, it proves difficult for people in wheelchairs and walkers because they can't walk up and down the stairs easily.
This past weekend the elevators broke and stayed that way for a total of three days, News 12 is told.
Tenant advocates say funds were allocated for an elevator contract three years,but it still has not been awarded.
They say NYCHA has delayed time and time again when the money will be released. 
If the work does not ensue by Aug. 1, tenants say the rent strike will begin.
News 12 reached out to NYCHA about the elevator issues but has not yet heard back.
Tenants and advocates say they are also pushing for NYCHA Chair Greg Russ to be removed from his position.


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