Letters to the editor, Feb. 6

CW: look into heating issues

The following is a letter that City Councilmember Dan Garodnick’s office sent on January 23 to CW Capital Vice President Andrew MacArthur concerning the recent heat complaints in Stuy Town and Peter Cooper. His office has not received a response to the letter.

Dear Mr. MacArthur:

I write to you to alert you to the significant number of complaints my office has received this winter regarding heat in Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village. The new automated system for a time reduced the number of complaints that my office received, but this year appears to be leaving more residents in that cold than usual.

As you know, New York City requires residential building owners to hear tenants’ apartments at a minimum of 68 degrees Fahrenheit between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. when outdoor temperatures fall below 55 degrees. Between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., building owners are required to maintain an indoor temperature of 55 degrees when outdoor temperatures fall below 40 degrees. While I understand that your engineers likely program the temperatures to be higher than the bare minimum, the complaints this year have gone up considerably and it deserves your attention.

Please investigate any changes that have been made this year compared to years previous in order to identify what may be causing this problem. I would appreciate learning the results of your inquiry.

Above all, I ask that you please urgently take all necessary steps to ensure that apartments are getting the proper level of hear. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

City Councilmember Daniel R. Garodnick

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