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Elderly Brooklyn Woman Makes Plea For Bed Bug Cleanup

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – The pleas of an elderly Brooklyn woman battling a bed bug problem in her New York City housing development have fallen on deaf ears.

84-year-old Emma Graham, a resident of the Roosevelt Houses, said she’s been forced to sleep in the corner of her living room in a chair to avoid getting bit by the creepy crawly menace in her bed.

“I don’t have no place to sleep,” Graham told reporters at a Friday press conference, “I’m tired of sitting up in a chair.”

1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reports Graham’s daughter said that despite repeated calls to 3-1-1, Brooklyn Borough Hall and the city housing authority, no one has come forward to help.

In fact, the only piece of advice came from an employee of the NYCHA that told Graham to disinfect her apartment and to spread alcohol on a MetroCard to get into the areas which couldn’t be easily reached.

“I try to keep my place clean,” Graham said with tears rolling down her eyes, “always did…always do.”

Graham’s daughter said that when she called the housing authority, she was told that someone would come to the home and spray for bed bugs on September 28.

Community Advocate Tony Herbert said the response was “unacceptable” and that the extermination should take place immediately.

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