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Sunset Park building has no gas service, residents say they can’t cook for thanksgiving

Posted: 6:26 PM, Nov 25, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-25 19:36:28-05

SUNSET PARK, Brooklyn — It’s just days away from Thanksgiving and over fifty families in Brooklyn are speaking out and putting their landlord on notice with the help of city, state leaders, and community groups. They want their gas service for cooking back.

Eulogia Castillo, who lives at 545 46th Street in Sunset Park, said her building hasn't had gas service for two months.

Senator Zellnor Myrie and city leaders Monday morning held a news conference. PIX11 visited Monday afternoon.

Guadalupe Ruiz said us in Spanish that it’s tough not being able to cook for his 2 -year -old son.

“He likes white rice and chicken. It breaks my heart I can’t cook for him,” said Ruiz.

PIX11 reached out the management company

Sharp Management said they are waiting on permits for the city.

“If they did things the right way, I would have gas for Thanksgiving and these families would not have to suffer,” said Aura Mejia, from a community advocacy group Neighbors Helping Neighbors.

PIX11 reached out the city’s Department of Buildings and they are looking into this story.

A spokesperson for the City’s Department of Buildings said “On 11/15/19, DOB conducted an inspection on 545 46th Street, Brooklyn,  in response to a public 311 complaint for a defective boiler in the building. During this inspection, DOB found newly installed gas piping in the cellar, performed without proper DOB permits. DOB issued a violation to the building owner for illegal gas work performed without a permit. A violation hearing has been scheduled at Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) is scheduled. This violation carries with it a standard penalty of $2,500, and a maximum penalty of $12,500. As of today, the landlords and their plumber have not filed any emergency work notifications or plumbing work applications to legalize the plumbing work in the cellar.”

Sharp Management said Monday that only 17 of the 50 units are without gas service. A spokesperson said restoring the gas quickly is their top priority.

If you have a story reach out to Monica Morales at monica@pix11.com