Back burners: Gas turned on at W’burg housing project

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Now we’re cooking!

The city turned on the gas at a Taylor Street public housing tower this weekend after interrupting service for two weeks and warning residents they might have to cook with hot plates for as long as a year.

Residents at Independence Towers claim a New York City Public Housing Authority worker told them the gas would be off for six months to a year while contractors repaired a basement gas leak and distributed electric burners to 122 households.

A spokeswoman for the city agency said the repairs would take three to five weeks, but tenants were fired up, complaining the city-provided burners did not heat up their food properly and burnt their pans.

The angry residents found allies in state Sen. Dan Squadron (D–Williamsbu­rg), District Leader Lincoln Restler (D–Williamsbu­rg), and Councilman Steve Levin (D–Williamsbu­rg), who urged the city to speed up the repairs.

City workers repaired the gas line on March 4.

Reach reporter Aaron Short at or by calling (718) 260-2547.
Updated 2:07 pm, March 7, 2012: Story updated to include additional context regarding the New York City Public Housing Authority's position.
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Reasonable discourse

? from Brooklyn says:
what public housing official said 6 mo.?
March 7, 2012, 11:12 am
sue from park slope says:
Nice of Dan who is part of the 1% wwith income for 3 over 200,000 to dine in the projects
March 7, 2012, 12:42 pm

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