Staten Island Apartment Building Hasn’t Had Gas For More Than 1 Week

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Some Staten Island residents are going at least 10 days without gas as the weather is starting to get chilly.

CBS2’s Ali Bauman reports the 150 apartments at 185 Park Hill Avenue have been without gas since Sept. 22. That means no heat as October temperatures drop and a lot of takeout meals.

“I can’t cook in the morning. It’s $20 a day for breakfast taking them to school, and then for lunch, then dinner again,” Kiesha Cromwell said.

The Buildings Department said after unpermitted plumbing was discovered inside, National Grid had to turn the gas off for repairs.

In the meantime, Cromwell is using a space heater and trying to cook on a hot plate, but she’s anticipating a hefty electric bill.

“I know that’s coming and I’m gonna be very upset,” she said.

The Buildings Departments told CBS2’s Bauman it’s completely dependent on how quickly the building owner and plumber make repairs before they can turn the gas back on. However, residents said the only information they’re getting from the building are fliers stating they’re working on turning on the gas as expeditiously as possible.

“We need some answers,” said Patrisha Miller.

Miller, who has lived in the building for decades, said she wants more than her gas back, she wants the respect of her landlord.

“I wanna see the gas come on. I want a better quality of life for all of us,” Miller said.

National Grid said the Buildings Department must inspect and approve repairs before they can turn the gas back on.

The building’s management were not available for comment.

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