2011-12-16 / Top Stories

Pols Demand Bay Towers Fix Elevators

By Nicholas Briano


Councilmember Ulrich, Assemblyman Goldfeder and tenants outside Bay Towers on Wednesday night. Councilmember Ulrich, Assemblyman Goldfeder and tenants outside Bay Towers on Wednesday night. Tenants of Bay Towers, a 14-story apartment complex in Rockaway Beach, called on Councilmember Eric Ulrich and State Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder to help them raise the immediate attention to the building’s management company for much-needed repairs to the elevators which are frequently out of service.

The joint press conference was held outside 319 Beach 98 Street on Wednesday evening with a large group of tenants showing their support for what they believe is a basic right: to be able to access and exit their apartments especially in an emergency.

“Its absolutely inexcusable that tenants, many of them seniors, have been forced to walk up and down as many as 14 flights of stairs just to leave their residence,” Goldfeder said. “For many residents here, using the stairs is just not an option.”

According to the New York City Department of Buildings, Bay Towers was cited with a violation on November 16 for failing to address the inoperable elevator and nearly a month later the problem has still not been addressed. One of the two building’s elevators has been out of service since at least October, and the other consistently breaks down, forcing residents to use the stairs.

“It’s simply unacceptable that this situation remains unresolved,” Ulrich said. “If building management is unwilling or unable to make necessary repairs, then I will call upon the Department of Buildings to arrange for the repair, and bill the building owner for the cost.”

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