Cuomo Directs Agencies To Probe ‘Horrifying’ Conditions Reported At Bronx Building

WCBS 880 Newsroom
October 20, 2019 - 6:28 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – A building in the Bronx is now the subject of a state investigation after a series of reports showing horrendous living conditions there.

Gov. Cuomo ordered an investigation into the government-subsidized building, which is reportedly overrun with bed bugs and drugs.

The probe started with a Daily News story about the building at 3677 White Plains Rd.

The newspaper found bed bugs, roaches and mice. The heat and hot water rarely worked and there is rampant drug dealing in the hallways, residents say.

Cuomo called the allegations “horrifying and completely unacceptable,” and he directed the state Health Department and the state Office of Rent Administration to investigate.

The agencies will investigate if health standards are being met and if rent-regulated units in the complex are being adequately maintained.

Currently there are 22 outstanding complaints, ranging from broken elevators to a defective boiler.

The management company, Five Star Management, denies the building is in such bad shape. It says there’s no drug dealing and that the tenants’ housekeeping is to blame for any bed bugs.