Thursday, January 11, 2018




Dutchess County cites Poughkeepsie apartment complex for lack of adequate heat

Unidentified county health inspector talked to tenants
in mid-November

POUGHKEEPSIE – Dutchess County has given the owners of the Rip Van Winkle apartments until Friday, January 12 to provide adequate heat to all residents living in the 178-unit complex or it could face fines.

The county Department of Behavioral and Community Health investigated tenant complaints about lack of heat in the facility and determined that inadequate heat exists. That violates Article 21 of the county sanitary code.

PK Management, owners of the “RIP” apartments must provide residents with “adequate heat” – a temperature of at least 68 degrees Fahrenheit, by Friday or face formal administrative action by the Department of Behavior and Community Health, which will result in fines.

Alderman Christopher Petsas, whose ward includes the RIP, said a county health inspector came to the building in mid-November and assessed that there was no heat.

“It’s disappointing that it took the county two months to take this action and it’s disturbing to say the least,” he said.

The “RIP” lost power when an electrical fire occurred in the basement on October 30. Residents were evacuated with those not having alternate living arrangements, were given temporary housing at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center.

Two months after the fire and residents back in their apartments, many have complained of little to no heat.

Officials of PK Management, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, have not returned a call for comment.


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