2011-12-23 / Letters

Lost One Elevator

Dear Editor,

It’s a damn shame that the residents of Bay Towers at 319 Beach 98 Street have had one of two elevators in and out of service for the last three months. This is a 14-story building with many seniors and disabled residents. On a number of occasions an EMS crew had to walk up as many as 14 flights to help residents with heart conditions or asthma, etc.

I can remember a time when my mom was in the building on August 12, 1995 when they had to carry my mom down from the ninth floor because two elevators were out of service. We question why HPD and the NYC Department of Buildings are not following up on inspections and services in this Mitchell Lama development. Shame on Bay Towers Management that knows how to collect rent but is not able to provide proper services.

We do not blame the super of the development, Malcolm, who happens to be very reliable and dependable and is always there to help the residents. One could look back through years of Housing Court documents ordering Bay Towers to do a large number of repairs to stop flooding on the plaza, leaking and flooding in the garage, pointing and brickwork, and replacement of leaking radiators. They have had sporadic heat and hot water with scalding hot water at times. Residents praise the security guards, but hears that management wants to lay off some of them.

Through the years Bay Towers Management has not done the right thing for the residents. I am working as a team with Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder who I introduced to the residents. Phil and I plan to stay on top of management and work closely with the residents of Bay Towers to rectify their problems. If residents have any concerns you may call my office at 718-945-1216.

I consider the residents of Bay Towers family as I spent my teen years at Bay Towers. We cannot allow elderly resident to be stuck in their apartments and unable to go down to get food, visit doctors or even get their mail.

LEW M. SIMON

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