In response to numerous complaints from tenants over a two week period, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Far Rockaway) and New York City Council Member Eric Ulrich (R-Rockaway Beach) held a joint press conference on Wednesday at the Bay Towers Housing Complex, calling for immediate action by the management company to repair the neglected and often out of service elevators. The building is 14 stories tall and serviced by only two and often unreliable elevators.
“It is absolutely inexcusable that tenants, many of them seniors have been forced to walk up and down up to 14 flights of stairs just to leave their residence,” Assemblyman Goldfeder said. “For many residents, using the stairs is just not an option, prohibiting daily necessities like visiting the grocery store or pharmacy.”
“It is simply unacceptable that this situation remains unresolved,” said Council Member Ulrich. “The Department of Buildings issued a notice of violation for this on November 16, and here we are nearly a month later, and the problem has still not been fixed by management.”
The unreliable elevator puts all tenants at risk in an emergency. First responders are unable to quickly access or safely transport tenants from the upper floors. Assemblyman Goldfeder first sent a letter to Bay Towers Property Manager Nilda Ortiz requesting an immediate investigation and repairs.
Ulrich said, “The residents of Bay Towers deserve reliable elevator service. Intermittent or sporadic service places people’s life, health, and property at risk. If the building management is unwilling or unable to make the necessary repairs, then I will call upon the Department of Buildings to arrange for the repair, and bill the building owner for the cost.”
“This is a dangerous situation that we will not tolerate,” Goldfeder said. “I urge management to make the necessary repairs swiftly so that the elevators will be operational and the safety of residents is restored.”