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Seniors Call Attention to Post-Sandy Building Woes

A resident of the Senior Housing building, at 415 National Blvd., spoke out about unsafe conditions at the building that have yet to be fixed since Hurricane Sandy in October. (Credit: Joseph Kellard)
A resident of the Senior Housing building, at 415 National Blvd., spoke out about unsafe conditions at the building that have yet to be fixed since Hurricane Sandy in October. (Credit: Joseph Kellard)

Tenants of a government-run apartment building in Long Beach claim they have lived under unsafe conditions since Hurricane Sandy.

The Long Beach Senior Housing Building, at 415 National Blvd., was flooded during the storm, damaging an elevator and front door, and the Housing Authority that runs the building has failed to make repairs, residents of the building said at a meeting of the Long Island Regional Planning Council, held at Long Beach City Hall on Thursday.

The building is left with one elevator, which has residents concerned about evacuation in a fire strikes, and the electronic security system is compromised, which has allowed people to come in off the street and roam the halls, they said.

Backed by a Hempstead-based activist group, New York Communities for Change, the residents attended the meeting looking to call attention to their plight and get the problems corrected. “Nothing has changed and it seems to be getting worse,” one resident told the council. “I just wish we could get some attention towards us.”

Nassau County Legislator Denise Ford, a Long Beach resident who spoke at Thursday’s meeting, said that she would call the officials who oversee the apartment building about their complaints, and encouraged the residents to keep in touch with her. She noted that her office also plans to look into issues at all the high-rise buildings throughout the city.
paul.d.spellman January 18, 2013 at 12:03 PM
I would hope one of our enlightened elected leaders informed the residents and activist group that in the event of a fire, never use the elevators to evacuate the building. Instead, use the stairways to get to a safe place. Under no circumstances should anyone except trained firefighters be allowed to use the elevators after a fire has been reported.
Barbara J Lee January 18, 2013 at 12:09 PM
TY, Mr Kellard!
Tonto Hertzberg January 18, 2013 at 04:49 PM
The elevators should be working so firefighters CAN use it in a fire. The people living there should NEVER get in an elevator during a fire.
Barbara J Lee January 18, 2013 at 06:04 PM
It is my understanding that a firefighter under his/her discretion could/would use an elevator to evacuate those with limited/no mobility especially if they use an assistive device. However, regarding the statement made at the meeting I believe the reference was to FD EMT's who need to take a resident to an ER?
Annette M La Salle February 13, 2013 at 03:28 AM
i did not say anything about the fireman and i never would i was saved by a nattional blvd fireman jon feiler and ive never have a complaint about any fireman wish people not things straight

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