150 without power as temperature, humidity rise

The power has gone out at one Dobbs Ferry apartment complex, leaving 150 tenants without air conditioning in the face of upcoming heat and humidity. Residents living at the Beacon Hill apartments have

News 12 Staff

Jul 4, 2008, 12:59 AM

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150 without power as temperature, humidity rise
The power has gone out at one Dobbs Ferry apartment complex, leaving 150 tenants without air conditioning in the face of upcoming heat and humidity.
Residents living at the Beacon Hill apartments have been without power since Saturday. They say they want additional backup generators, because there are currently only two working to serve seven buildings. The tenants also say their landlord is nowhere to be found, so they?re unsure of what is going on with their power.
The residents say they lost power when a telephone pole, that was installed incorrectly, fell and almost hit a woman.
A neighborhood tenant leader is now helping the tenants fight back. State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins and county Legislator Tom Abinanti toured the grounds of the complex and say they?re concerned by what they saw.
?Kids could fall in these trenches and get hurt,? Abinanti says. ?We?re very lucky no one got hurt when these wires fell down ? Just as the landlord is entitled to an increase in rent when they improve the premise[s], there ought to be abatement of rent for all the tenants because the landlord has damaged the premises.?
Stewart-Cousins and Abinanti also say many tenants had to leave the complex because the heat and lack of power made living there unbearable.
News 12 Westchester reached out to the landlord, but he didn?t return any calls. Tenants say he may be on vacation.
To see extended interviews with Stewart-Cousins and Abinanti, go to Channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.


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