2015-06-24 / Front Page

Restore Services!


Councilman Costa Constantinides joined Public Advocate Letitia James and state Senator Michael Gianaris, along with residents of the Acropolis Gardens co-op complex for a rally on Ditmars Boulevard and 33rd Street demanding that management restore hot water and gas. The services have been shut off since April. Councilman Costa Constantinides joined Public Advocate Letitia James and state Senator Michael Gianaris, along with residents of the Acropolis Gardens co-op complex for a rally on Ditmars Boulevard and 33rd Street demanding that management restore hot water and gas. The services have been shut off since April. Councilman Costa Constantinides joined Public Advocate Letitia James at an afternoon rally at the Acropolis Gardens co-op complex on Ditmars Boulevard and 33rd Street that has been without gas or hot water since late-April.

“It is unfathomable to think that residents of Acropolis Gardens have been living without gas or hot water for months. Every New Yorker deserves to live in a safe home, and this is shocking disregard of tenants by the co-op’s management. This company must act immediately to restore these basic necessities,” said James.

The rally called on the management company of the co-op complex to make the necessary repairs in order to restore gas service to the complex. The gas service was turned off in many of the buildings within the complex due to a plumbing issue stemming from a fire on April 29. Since then, many of the residents have been living without gas or hot water.

“I am deeply concerned about the lack of gas and hot water at the Acropolis Gardens buildings. These egregious conditions are unconscionable. We have been working to help resolve the issues but have been stalled because the buildings are private co-ops and the managing agent has failed to make the necessary plumbing repairs in a timely manner. We strongly urge the management company to prioritize these repairs immediately for the benefit of the residents who have been suffering for several weeks. The residents of the Acropolis Gardens deserve a swift resolution and I stand committed that, once these repairs are made, we in city government will work to facilitate the restoration of gas service in a timely fashion,” said Constantinides.

Local officials also voiced their support including state Senator Michael Gianaris, as well as residents of the complex, who were present at the rally.

Constantinides has been working continuously with city agencies to resolve the issue and find a quick and effective solution. The gas service cannot be turned on until the management company takes action to make the necessary repairs to the plumbing.

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