Sunday, November 18, 2012

Elderly Residents Still Without Power In New York

While most New Yorkers have returned to their daily routine, this is not the case for many elderly New Yorkers in the areas of Queens and Brooklyn. An article in the New York Daily News reports:
Earlier this week, elected officials and community groups told the News that about 1100 seniors were still stranded. Regular New Yorkers, the Red Cross, and religious nonprofits have flooded Red Hook, Brighton Beach, Coney Island and the Rockaways going door-to-door visiting seniors bring them food, water, and medical help.
“We’ve only had volunteers check on me. No one has come here to check on me,” said Liliya Goldenberg, 76, a wheelchair-bound Russian immigrant stuck inside her 13th floor apartment in Surfside Gardens, a city housing development in Coney Island where some buildings are still without power, elevators, or heat. “The mayor should be embarassed,” said Goldenberg bundled up in three layers of clothes, sitting in her pitch black home. “In two weeks, Russia could restore a city. In New York City, they can’t even repair a house.”
Brighton Beach resident Mya Zabilotskaya, 78, choked back tears when asked why she has spent 18 days without power, heat, or hot water in 145 Seabreeze Avenue apartment. Zabilotskaya’s neighbors said the building’s management company doesn’t want to dole out cash to fix the flooded basement electrical system. “I’m without wash for three weeks. I sleep with all my clothes at night,” said Zabilotskaya. “I have no refrigerator. I can’t even buy food. I won’t survive.”
Let's hope that Mrs. Zabilotskaya does; and that some kind-hearted New Yorker reading this article, perhaps some well-paid city official, will bring her and the other elderly residents to at least a warm shelter, if not an unoccupied apartment until theirs are ready to inhabit. In response to Mrs. Goldenberg's pleas, I doubt that Mayor Bloomberg has any embarrassment about the situation. Discomfort, perhaps; embarrassment, no. Perhaps he might want to sit in a cold, dark apartment for a few hours to see what it is like.

As for the landlord and building's management, that they fail to make the necessary repairs because of stinginess or miserliness says too much about them. Where is the moral outrage? I can say with a high degree of certainty that such individuals never fail to collect the rents when due; they are diligent in matters monetary when it serves their interest. I can also say with complete certainty that they, the building's owner and management company, would never themselves live as these poor elderly do; that they have the necessary heat, power and water to maintain their dignity and lifestyle. Does this not apply to everyone?

You can read the rest of the article at [NY Daily News]