Frustrated Red Hook Tenants Meet With NYCHA

Tenants met Monday night to discuss conditions at the Red Hook projects

Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012  |  Updated 6:28 AM EDT
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Projects in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn were hit hard by Sandy, and even with power back and trash now being picked up, people are worried about a new medical threat -- one that could affect anyone who had a home damaged by the storm. Gus Rosendale reports from Red Hook.

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Projects in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn were hit hard by Sandy, and even with power back and trash now being picked up, people are worried about a new medical threat -- one that could affect anyone who had a home damaged by the storm. Gus Rosendale reports from Red Hook.

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Residents in the Red Hook public housing projects say they continue to feel neglected by the city three weeks after Sandy flooded their neighborhood, destroyed buildings and knocked out power. 

Tenants met Monday night to discuss conditions at the Red Hook projects, though the New York City Housing Authority did not allow NBC 4 New York cameras inside the meeting.

But neighbors were not shy outside the meeting doors.

"We walked in feces. We walked in urine. It was brutally cold," said Merelin Mieles. 

Mieles described two weeks of terrifying journeys through dark stairways and filthy hallways. 

One mother of two, who did not want to give her name for fear of retaliation from the city, said she was worried about mold.

"It gets to a point where my kids can't breathe," said the woman.

Inside the meeting, representatives from NYCHA said practically all basic services have been restored across the city following an unprecedented restoration effort. They took names and numbers of people who were still experiencing problems.

NYCHA said mold remains a chief concern, and anyone seeing it should call and report it. Neighbors said they have already done so and are still waiting for help.

Tenant Ulyses Bermudez described the mold conditions as "very disgusting."

"I never thought a New York City housing facility would get down this low," he said. 

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