LONG BEACH, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Nine months after superstorm Sandy, residents of an apartment building in Long Beach say they are still suffering.
Tenants and officials claim the elevators at 10 Monroe Boulevard haven’t been working properly since they were damaged in the Oct. 29 storm, leaving many elderly and disabled residents trapped in their apartments.
Summer resident Sal Caragliano said his son-in-law, a veteran who lost both his legs in Afghanistan, is forced to take the stairs when he comes to visit and the elevators are out of service.
“He’s up and down the stairs on these prosthetics, I mean, this kid is a Green Beret, but even still,” Caragliano told 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera. “This place is awful. This building should be condemned. They’re essentially a step above slumlords.”
“When we have to climb the steps it’s a lot, it’s terrible,” said a home health care aide for an 80-year-old resident.
The City of Long Beach has issued six summonses to Samson Management, which runs the seven-story apartment building, and may seek a court order to get the elevators fixed.
A woman who answered the phone at Samson Management said the company had no comment.
One of the elevators was working when Rivera visited the building Thursday.
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