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Paterson families remain without heat as cold, snow remains; landlord says city must fix situation

After dealing with severe flooding on their street and in their home, a Paterson family is now living with no heat and their landlord saying it’s now the city’s problem.

Naomi Yané

Jan 19, 2024, 1:09 AM

Updated 152 days ago

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After dealing with severe flooding on their street and in their home, a Paterson family is now living with no heat and their landlord saying it’s now the city’s problem.
Marc Management is the landlord in question, and it told News 12 New Jersey it has made multiple repairs in the past, but as long as the Passaic floods, it’s up to city to fix their tenant’s issues. In the meantime, at least two families are without heat for another night.
Lasonia Newberry and her family have lived on Bergen Street in Paterson for just over three years, and this is the third flood they’ve experienced. The severe flooding over the last weeks took out her heating system and they’ve been without heat now for eight days.
“It’s unbelievable how you just leave us out here stranded with no heat and hot water I’m sure you guys have heat and hot water," said Newberry. "This is no way for us to live at all.”
City Hall has stepped in and Mayor Andre Sayegh has a warning for the management company.
“If he will not turn on the heat, we’re going to turn up the heat on him," said Sayegh.
Newberry continues to boil pots of water on the stove top and in an open oven and she’s using space heaters, not all the safest methods, but she wants to keep her family warm through the night. And she wants her management company to know this. “There’s no water in the basement no more so there’s no excuse why they can’t come fix the boilers and the heaters," she said.
News 12 reached out to Marc Management and they said they’ve fixed the boiler seven times each time because of flooding. They added because the city is flood prone, it’s the city’s turn to make repairs.
Sayegh promised to move Newberry and her family to a hotel in the meantime.


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