ELEVATOR OUTAGES MAKING LIFE TOUGH FOR NYCHA RESIDENTS
Elevator problems are making life difficult for residents of several New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments in Bronx, New York, PIX 11 reported on July 15. Deedra Cheatham, a resident of NYCHA's Butler Houses, tweeted a photo of a crowded elevator lobby with the comment, "All three elevators are out. Currently it's 88 degrees outside. Inside it feels like 90 degrees." Residents of Webster Houses and Motthaven Houses reported outages and spotty performance at those complexes, as well. City Councilmember Vanessa Gibson said Webster Houses is set to get full replacement of its elevators, adding that she is trying to have the work expedited. NYCHA, in a statement, said complying with NYC's door-lock-monitoring mandate, that went into effect January 1, is partly to blame for the problems. "Installing new equipment on aging equipment has increased outages," the statement said. "We continue to adjust the mechanics and make improvements as we adjust to the new system."
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