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Storm-Struck Red Hook Public Housing Residents Warn They’ll Get ‘Radical’ If NYCHA Won’t Act

Rally Held Tuesday, Calling For Rent Credit, Eviction Moratorium & Water Testing
(credit: Stan Brooks, 1010 WINS)

(credit: Stan Brooks, 1010 WINS)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Some Brooklyn residents are demanding that the New York City Housing Authority address their post Sandy needs.

Those who live in Red Hook public housing rallied in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday demanding, among other things, a two-month rent credit, a moratorium on evictions along with water and air testing, 1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reported.

1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks Reports

After going weeks without heat, hot water and electricity, fed-up residents staged the protest in front of NYCHA headquarters at 250 Broadway.

“We’re out here today to make sure they know that [we're] sticking by what we need and to let people know that we are fighting for them also,” one woman at the rally said.

Sheryl Braxton, who was at the rally, said the community is still reeling from Sandy.

“They’re still working on heat, they’re still working on electricity. So right now we’re pushing today to make sure all our housing residents are at home safe with heat and hot water,” Braxton said.

The public housing residents said that NYCHA plans to meet with them Friday morning and they’re hoping for action.

And while Tuesday’s rally was peaceful, protesters warned, if action isn’t taken to ease their recovery, they’ll get “radical.”

“The water and air must be cleaned and tested,” one woman said on Tuesday.

Those at the rally also called for a significant amount of the federal aid requested by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to be directed to NYCHA.

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