NYCHA handing out hot plates, cooked Thanksgiving meals to Brooklyn residents without cooking gas

Samantha Liebman
November 26, 2019 - 1:55 pm
Hot plates given to residents of NYCHA Marlboro Houses in Brooklyn

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Residents of NYCHA's Marlboro Houses in South Brooklyn will be without cooking gas for Thanksgiving, forcing NYCHA to hand out hot plates and cooked turkey meals. 

After weeks of no gas, NYCHA announced on Tuesday that repairs on the gas line will begin Monday. 

A local tenants association had offered uncooked turkeys to residents last Wednesday, but they were of little consolation since residents couldn't cook them.

NYCHA is planning to offer on Wednesday cooked Thanksgiving meals to tenants who were affected by the gas outage.

NYCHA had previously distributed hot plates to the apartments, but residents say they don't work well, forcing them to buy takeout. 

Since October, 56 apartments in Building 28 have had their gas turned off. 

Flyers in the building instruct residents to let inspectors into their apartments to inspect pipes. "The biggest factor that delays restoring gas service is gaining access to residents' apartments to test pipes and turn the gas back on," a notice in the building reads. 

NYCHA Flyer About Gas Outage in Brooklyn
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The news comes amid reports that the housing agency's federally appointed monitor, Bart Schwartz, is charging $594 per hour for his work. While his first year's earnings are capped at $350,000, future years earnings would run to $12 million. 

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