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Queens Chronicle:


Even before she officially took office in January, Councilmember Julie Won’s phones began to ring with complaints that residents of the Woodside Houses did not have heat or hot water in their apartments.


A heating plant at the Woodside public housing complex that was destroyed by flooding from the remnants of Hurricane Ida has left residents without reliable heat so far this winter. Last Thursday evening Won (D-Sunnyside) toured the buildings’ boiler room with U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Bronx, Queens) and state Sen. Jessica Ramos (D-Jackson Heights), and called the New York City Housing Authority to address the lack of heat.


NYCHA has provided two mobile boiler units to the housing complex, but residents have reported the service to be spotty since December, leaving days when they don’t have hot showers or heat. Woodside resident Rossanna Ycaza said that the regularly occurring heat outages have caused her to worry about her family’s health.





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