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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Masonry, Window and Roof Repairs At Roosevelt Island's PS/IS 217 Causing Health Hazard To Adjacent Building Residents - Breathing and Coughing Problems Develop From Construction Dust

Image of PS/IS 217 Under Renovation

 Jim Bates, Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) representative for 2-4 River Road and President of the Disabled Association reports:
... air pollution at 2-4 River Rd due to PS/IS 217 on going construction. Due to the dust and dirty screens, tenants are forced to keep windows shut and use our AC units causing high electrical bills.

Will the construction company pay for our electrical charges
Mr. Bates shares this message he sent to the offices of Assembly Member Micah Kellner and State Senator Jose Seranno, Manhattan Park representatives, RIOC and RIRA. From Mr. Bates:
For the past several weeks construction on the school adjacent to 2-4 River Rd has caused breathing and coughing problems for the tenants of 2-4 River Rd,

Our screens are grey from the dust and I am personally having breathing and coughing problems daily

I am asking for your help in seeing how this health hazard can be taken care of,

We need clean air for breathing, and closing our windows is not the answer, nor putting on our AC which draws outside air into our apartments and also cauises families higher electric rates

Last night I was up all night coughing and choking and spitting up phlegm

I thought I was having a asthma attach and gave my self a breathing treatment

This is serious

Please let me know if there is anything else I can do to remedy this health hazard
Responding to an earlier inquiry regarding the destruction of some Trees behind PS/IS 217, the school's Principal explained the reason for  the construction currently being undertaken:
The school was informed by the Department of Education that our school building would require extensive masonry work, along with window and roof repairs, and that this work would begin during the 2010-2011 school year. It was estimated that the project would last a minimum of two years, and would require that scaffolding be erected around the school’s perimeter.  This work has been mandated by the NYC Department of Buildings, and is completely out of the school’s control.  However, during both a formal meeting in November and an informal one in September, we received a complete overview of the project and relayed such information to all parties concerned, including custodial staff and the Living Library. We were given assurances at that time from the School Construction Authority that damage done as a result of the construction would be repaired by them, to our specifications. We are committed to ensuring that such restoration takes place, in partnership with the School Construction Authority and PS/IS 217 custodial staff.

Mandana Beckman
PS/IS 217


Yet another RIer shaking his head said...

Did the complainer ever try to call any of the published numbers that are all over the construction site? Did the complainer ever try to call 311 and file a complaint? The city will act upon complaints and they will measure the air quality and noise levels is needed. All that said, if everything is within legal limits there is nothing that can be done. Living in a city like NYC comes with occasional inconveniences and even medical problems.

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Mac Smith said...

Roof repairing can also generate a lot of dust. If a roof is being repaired, everyone there should cover their eyes and mouth. As dust can prove fatal to our health. The professional roofers have a way of doing repairing. They carry out the whole process in such a way that nobody gets harmed in any way whatsoever. Roofers Fort Lauderdale corporation provides skilled Roofers who know exactly how to do these things.