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NY1 For You: Public Housing Tenant Gets Leaky Ceiling Fixed With Station's Help

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A leaky ceiling had one Queens housing resident living in unsanitary conditions until she turned to NY1 For You for help. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following report.

A rotten, corroded ceiling was a great cause of concern for New York City Housing Authority tenant Erika Badger until she contacted NY1 For You and we helped to smooth things over.

"The superintendent got involved and did come to check to see what the problem was," Badger says. "They were able to make the plaster repairs, and they're going to paint."

It's a relief for Badger, whose bathroom ceiling was so saturated from a leak above, a hole formed where dirty water poured down into her shower.

Last week, NY1 told viewers about Badger's predicament, which she's dealt with since 2011, with occasional cosmetic repairs that didn't last for long.

"They did plaster over the walls to make the walls look cleaner, but two years later, I'm still having the problem. Now, it's even a bigger problem," she said at the time.

When Badger contacted NY1 For You, she was upset that building maintenance wasn't getting to the source of the leak, and even a work order to simply plaster the hole wasn't scheduled until January.

"Why should I have to live with a hole in my ceiling with the threat of someone else's dirty water seeping into my apartment? It's not fair," she said.

After NY1 For You met with Badger, we contacted NYCHA, and a spokeswoman said they would into the situation.

After our story aired, Badger called NY1 For You to say building maintenance came right away, and after some work, they told her they were confident they addressed the leak and its source.

"I'm grateful to [NY1] for giving me the assistance that I need to get this problem fixed," she says.

Hopefully, it's the end to a draining situation.

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