Crown Heights woman says she is living with exposed asbestos in NYCHA apartment

News 12 spoke to the tenant on her birthday. She says one wish is to see the asbestos, which can cause serious diseases, including lung cancer, removed.

Nadia Galindo

May 16, 2024, 10:50 PM

Updated 28 days ago

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A Crown Heights woman says she is worried about her health after asbestos was found in the bathroom of her NYCHA apartment.
Ghania Miller said she first reported a worrisome leak to the maintenance at Kingsborough Houses about two months ago.
She says the leak appeared to be coming from the ceiling and caused the paint on her living room wall to bubble and her mounted TV to become unstable.
Miller said maintenance did several patches but then moved to her bathroom where they broke into the wall and discovered mold and asbestos.
She said the crew covered the hole up with a plastic sheet and told her they would call her - but she hasn't heard anything in two weeks.
"I was shocked I was like 'Ya'll just going to leave me here by myself,"' Miller said.
News 12 spoke to Miller on her birthday. She says one wish is to see the asbestos, which can cause serious diseases, including lung cancer, removed.
"I have one kidney, and I am not trying to go to the hospital," Miller said. "I try my best to take care of myself and this is just horrible. I pay my rent on time, I'm just kind of stressed out."
Miller tells News 12 that NYCHA crews arrived on Thursday afternoon to remove some of the pipes in her bathroom.
News 12 reached out to NYCHA and a spokesperson released the following statement:
"NYCHA staff have visited the unit and are commencing asbestos abatement immediately. Once complete, all necessary repairs will be addressed to the resident's satisfaction."
If you live in NYCHA housing and believe there is asbestos in your apartment, you can report it by calling the Customer Contact Center at 718-707-7771.


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