NYC public housing residents served eviction notices days after Sandy hit

The Surfside Garden Houses in Coney Island
The Surfside Garden Houses in Coney Island

Despite surviving without power, heat, hot water or working elevators for nearly a month, public housing residents where served eviction notices by the New York Housing Authority just days after Hurricane Sandy, according to the New York Daily News. Approximately 80,000 tenants at 400 NYCHA buildings across the city were affected by the storm and public housing residents living near Coney Island, Red Hook and the Far Rockaways lived without basic services for weeks.

But a mere four days after the storm hit New York, a NYCHA process server marched through the debris to paste eviction notices on apartment doors in the Surfside Gardens Houses.

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“It’s really ridiculous,” Edward Josephson, director of litigation for NYC Legal Services, said. “At the very time they were unable to send people out there to see if people were dying or not, they were able to send people to serve notice of evictions.”

However, a department spokesperson has said that they will probably not move forward with any evictions until 2013, after an eviction moratorium was implemented in late November. [NYDN] —Christopher Cameron