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Michael Walsh Apartments elevator problems persist

The Utica Fire Department was stood up outside Michael Walsh Apartments Wednesday morning.

Posted: Jan 22, 2020 5:18 PM
Updated: Jan 22, 2020 5:41 PM

UTICA - The Utica Fire Department was stood up outside Michael Walsh Apartments Wednesday morning.

"We were on the schedule to get an independent, third-party elevator inspection at 9:30 this morning, and we're waiting for the company to get here. They're a no-show at this time," said Fire Chief, Scott Ingersoll, at approximately 11:30 a.m.

"Both elevators in both buildings are not working at this time. They're being sent another notice and order to repair."

Multiple orders, including one from New York State Supreme Court last year, have failed to bring about a permanent solution to the frequently out-of-service elevators at the apartment complex, which forces tenants, some elderly, to climb several flights of stairs with laundry and groceries.

"If they do fix it, most likely it'll help my 61-year-old mother who, literally, not two days ago, fell down the stairs due to this elevator not freakin' working," said frustrated tenant Albert Croniser.

No one answered a knock on the office door of the complex Wednesday morning. But tenants who've spoken with management are hopeful for a solution that's even better than elevator repair.

"They signed a contract, they're just waiting for everything to come through and we are gonna get new elevators," said tenant Teresa Leddick. "We've been waiting for over a year to get this going."

Leddick, who currently lives on the first floor, used to live on the sixth floor.

Utica fire officials say management has also expressed frustration and concern.

"One of the issues that I believe management has repeated to us is that they repair the elevators then short time after, there's children playing in the elevators and being used basically as a toy," said Chief Ingersoll.

Fire officials did end up getting in touch with the inspectors. They say they plan to be at Michael Walsh Apartments to complete an elevator inspection January 30th.

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