Wednesday, October 27, 2010

NWBCCC and NYC HPD Commissioner Supporting Real People with Real Issues


On Monday evening, 40 NWBCCC tenant leaders were joined by HPD
Commissioner Rafael Cestero and Deputy Commissioner Vito Mustaciuolo.
Tenants revealed the daily reality faced by  living in Milbank Buildings in the
Northwest Bronx. The Commissioners visited 3018 Heath Avenue, 2770/2780
Kingsbridge Terrace and 2785 Sedgwick Avenue and were led by tenant leaders Sergio
Cuevas and Maggie Maldonado through tours of each building as well as multiple
apartments. "I lived in my building for 32 years and I am happy you are here today,”
said Maggie “ We see this as the beginning…of a partnership with HPD that meets the
needs of tenants. We believe you can help us.” The Commissioners brought a team of
inspectors and together with tenant leaders and Receiver Joe Cicciu (Executive Director
of Belmont Arthur LDC) toured the buildings. The night ended with a mass meeting in
Our Lady of Angels Church, a NWBCCC affiliate institution. Commissioner Cestero
agreed to begin roof to cellar inspections in all the buildings in the Milbank portfolio
immediately as well as look into bringing 7A cases to Housing Court for all ten buildings
against Milbank/LNR.

NWBCCC continues to organize Milbank buildings for immediate repairs,
responsible financing and ownership of this portfolio.

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