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Hempstead Village activists rally over housing conditions

Demonstrators rally on Wednesday, July 6, 2016, outside

Demonstrators rally on Wednesday, July 6, 2016, outside 40 W. Columbia St. in Hempstead Village to demand improvements from the Manhattan landlord. Credit: Howard Schnapp

About two dozen tenants and housing advocates rallied Wednesday at 40 W. Columbia St. in Hempstead Village to complain about living conditions, including a lack of generators for emergency electrical service at this and other apartment complexes in the village.

“We want safer conditions for our elderly and disabled,” said village housing advocate Mary Crosson.

Multiple calls to the Manhattan company that manages 40 W. Columbia, Jordan Cooper LLC, were not returned.

On hand for the event was Village Deputy Mayor Luis Figueroa, who said he supports tenants’ efforts to get landlords to fully comply with the village building code.

He also said he supported legislation in the Nassau County Legislature that would mandate backup generators in certain apartment buildings.

That proposed legislation is being promoted by Legis. Siela Bynoe (D-Westbury), who said, “It is for multifamily buildings with elevators and that house the elderly and the disabled.”

Speaking at the rally, Ronald Reed, tenant council president at another village apartment complex, said, “We want a backup generator in our buildings, especially mine. We have a nine-story building.”

His call was supported by activist Ben Britton, a housing organizer with New York Communities for Change, which sponsored the rally.

“We want landlords to fix specific violations, such as cracked scaffolding that puts tenants at risk at 40 W. Columbia,” Britton said.

Referring to owners and managers of the apartments, Figueroa added that “we will be watching them closely to see that they take corrective action.”

Evelyn Davis, a longtime tenant activist at 40 W. Columbia in the heart of the village, said she, too, will be “monitoring to see if things are fixed.”


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