"We are eager for the day when single-family homes, apartment buildings and Housing Authority developments in New York can keep the people inside their four walls warm in the bone-chilling dead of winter using all-renewable energy sources...
But we don’t know whether that day will arrive in 10 years, or 20, or 30, which is why it makes basic sense to build out a pipeline to deliver natural gas from its sources in Pennsylvania to its consumers in the five boroughs of New York City."
The Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) project will increase natural gas capacity in NYC, which will result in:
Without the NESE project, National Grid and Con Edison will institute a moratorium on new natural gas hooks ups which will increase reliance on dirty, expensive oil. This will make the NYCHA heating crisis even worse.
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For several winters, the NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA) has failed to provide basic heat and hot water to hundreds of thousands of residents, leaving some of the most vulnerable New Yorkers in grave danger.
Families were forced to sleep next to space heaters and in front of open ovens overnight, often putting their children snow suits, risking fire and carbon monoxide poisoning.
Cries of help and outrage from NYCHA tenants over the past year have repeatedly made news headlines – but winter is here again, and they’re still suffering.
Our state and local leaders MUST come together to address this humanitarian crisis. We New Yorkers MUST demand that NYCHA buildings convert to reliable and cost-effective natural gas boilers and stop relying on defunct, antiquated oil burners.
The NESE project should be approved to improve New York's natural gas capacity, bring cost savings that NYCHA can reinvest in infrastructure upgrades, and improve air quality to help the disproportionately high amount of NYCHA residents who suffer from asthma.
How many more winters must NYCHA residents suffer? A failure of this magnitude in one of the wealthiest cities in the world can never happen again.
"It is just shocking that in New York State we would have people subjected to these conditions. This situation we have seen is as upsetting and disturbing as I’ve seen anywhere and I’ve been in public housing across this country."
— Governor Andrew Cuomo
"I’m in favor of natural gas infrastructure that will broaden NYCHA’s access to cleaner, more efficient and reliable fuel sources. Projects like NESE create more overall system reliability and increase access for low income communities to a cleaner fuel source. I urge the NYSDEC to approve the NESE project today,”
— Daniel Barber, head of the Citywide Council of Presidents of NYCHA tenants’ associations
"The way NYCHA operates remains frozen in the 20th century. There is a humanitarian crisis and residents deserve more transparency and immediate action."
— Council Member Ritchie Torres
“Basic human conditions are non-negotiable.”
— Lynne Patton, Department of Housing and Urban Development Regional Director