Power Problems Persist in Lower Manhattan

| November 14, 2012 11:15 PM | Updated: Nov. 16, 2012 3:45 PMvideo


Rick Karr reports on efforts to help residents at Knickerbocker Village on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and is joined by NY State Senator Daniel Squadron. MetroFocus airs Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. on WLIW21 and Nov. 15 at 8:30 p.m. on THIRTEEN and at 10 p.m. on NJTV.

UPDATED Nov. 16, 3:45 PM

Knickerbocker Village restored electricity to all residential units within the 12-building, 1,600-unit complex on Thursday at 4 p.m., according to a written statement by Knickerbocker Village, Inc. Temporary generators are providing power until the complex is eventually re-integrated onto Consolidated Edison’s grid. The statement issued on Thursday re-iterated an assurance made on Tuesday by James Simmons, vice president of Knickerbocker Village, Inc., that “residents will not pay any rent for any days in which they did not have full essential services.”

Some units have had heat since Wednesday evening and all are expected to have full heat by Saturday, the statement said.

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Rick Karr reports on efforts to help residents at Knickerbocker Village on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and is joined by NY State Senator Daniel Squadron, who represents the area. Residents of Knickerbocker Village were without heat, hot water and electricity for days. The Red Cross has been distributing food, fresh water and hygiene packets for residents.

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