The Council of the City of New York
Office of Council Member Costa Constantinides
(718) 274-4500

For Immediate Release
June 22, 2015
Contact: Shachar Sharon

Public Advocate James & Councilman Constantinides Rally to Restore Gas and
Hot Water to Co-op

Astoria, N.Y. – Public Advocate Letitia James and Council Member Costa Constantinides today rallied at the local Acropolis Gardens co-op complex that has been without gas or hot water since late-April.

James and Constantinides called on the management company of the co-op complex to make the necessary repairs in order to restore gas service to the complex. The gas service was turned off in many of the buildings within the complex due to a plumbing issue stemming from a fire on April 29, 2015. Since then, many of the residents have been living without gas or hot water.

Constantinides has been working continuously with city agencies to resolve the issue and find a quick and effective solution. The gas service cannot be turned on until the management company takes action to make the necessary repairs to the plumbing.

Public Advocate James said, “It is unfathomable to think that residents of Acropolis Gardens have been living without gas or hot water for months. Every New Yorker deserves to live in a safe home, and this is shocking disregard of tenants by the co-op’s management. This company must act immediately to restore these basic necessities.”

Council Member Constantinides said, “I am deeply concerned about the lack of gas and hot water at the Acropolis Gardens buildings. These egregious conditions are unconscionable. We have been working to help resolve the issues but have been stalled because the buildings are private co-ops and the managing agent has failed to make the necessary plumbing repairs in a timely manner. We strongly urge the management company to prioritize these repairs immediately for the benefit of the residents who have been suffering for several weeks. The residents of the Acropolis Gardens deserve a swift resolution and I stand committed that, once these repairs are made, we in City government will work to facilitate the restoration of gas service in a timely fashion.”

State Senator Michael Gianaris, as well as residents of the complex, joined the rally.

Senator Gianaris said, “It is unacceptable that hundreds of my neighbors in Astoria are without gas due to improper building management. The New Yorkers living in these buildings deserve a management company that will make necessary repairs in a timely manner. This is about people who spend their hard-earned money on rent to live here and about management not holding up its end of the bargain, and I will not stop fighting until gas is restored.”

Local officials also voiced their support.

“It is inexcusable that in 2015 New York City, hundreds of families at the Acropolis Gardens have been without gas service in their homes for more than a month and a half,” said State Senator Jose Peralta. “I am hopeful the owners of this housing complex will do everything in their power to restore gas as soon as possible without any more excuses or further delay. I want to thank Council Member Costa Constantinides and Public Advocate Letitia James for leading the efforts towards a solution to this unfortunate situation.”

“The residents living at Acropolis Gardens should not have to fight for gas and hot water,” said Assemblymember Aravella Simotas. “These are basic rights, not privileges. The management company must make these repairs immediately and bring their buildings into compliance with state and city law.”

Council Member Costa Constantinides represents the New York City Council’s 22nd District, which includes his native Astoria along with parts of Woodside, East Elmhurst, and Jackson Heights. He serves as the chair the City Council’s Sub-Committee on Libraries and sits on seven standing committees: Civil Service & Labor, Contracts, Cultural Affairs, Environmental Protection, Oversight & Investigations, Sanitation, and Transportation. For more information, visit council.nyc.gov/costa.

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