Breukelen Houses tenants decry deteriorating conditions, lack of action

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BROOKLYN -

As NYCHA moves to fix an apartment badly damaged in a fire, several seniors in the same complex are demanding issues in their units be addressed too.

Inside the Breukelen Houses, tenants in their 60s and 70s say they're fed up with the city's inaction with the issues in their apartments.

NYCHA recently stepped in after a 60-year-old man's kitchen was badly damaged in a fire. NYCHA took care of painting, plastering and putting in new appliances.

The Breukelen Houses Tenant Association president says many other seniors are living in apartments in dire need of repair.

A 79-year-old woman in another building is calling on the city to fix her shower, saying its peeling liner and a massive hole have made it nearly impossible to use. She also says she's too concerned about bubbling and peeling paint on her kitchen wall to cook.

In one of the complex's other 30 buildings, a 62-year-old woman says she woke up to water on her face a few days ago. Now she has buckets catching the continuously dripping leaks.

They say they have filed multiple tickets with NYCHA, but the problems aren't being fixed.

An emergency tenant association meeting has been called for Wednesday at 6 p.m. about the conditions.

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