By Ivan Pereira
State Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) vowed to help out the tenants of Baisley Houses Monday during a personal meeting with them at the Jamaica public housing complex.
The senator, who is running for re-election in the September Democratic primary, visited the location and talked with tenants about their concerns. Huntley said the project has not been given the care it needs from the New York City Housing Authority and she would take their concerns directly to the agency.
Specifically, the senator said tenants have been complaining that their elevator has had frequent problems.
“When people pay rent, they need an elevator,” she said.
Huntley said NYCHA officials have been slow to respond to her complaints, but she said those excuses were unacceptable. She suggested she would take some of the tenants in buses to NYCHA’s offices to show the agency the gravity of the situation.
“I know with the elevator it’s expensive, but I don’t care,” she said.
Tenants also talked about other problems, including the building’s playground, which they said needed renovations.
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