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Engel Calls on NYC to Respect Holidays With Regard to Water Shutoff in South Riverdale

Engel Calls on NYC to Respect Holidays With Regard to Water Shutoff in South Riverdale

UPDATE: City officials have confirmed to Congressman Engel’s office there will be no water shutdown prior to April 29, 2019. 

Bronx, NY—Congressman Eliot Engel is calling on New York City officials to avoid rescheduling a proposed water shutdown in sections of South Riverdale during the Passover and Easter holidays.

Engel’s office reached out to City officials Thursday, April 11th after the City cancelled a scheduled water shutdown on Johnson Avenue between West 238 and West 236th Street for April 10th at the last minute. City officials were unable to explain why the shutdown was cancelled the morning of the scheduled work. Engel’s office made clear that any rescheduled work must be completed by the end of this week or after the upcoming holidays, so as not to inconvenience local families. City officials were receptive to the concern.

“It would be the highest level of inconsideration for the City to turn the water off on families during Easter and Passover,” Engel said. “People prepare for the holidays days beforehand and need to have water to do so. My office told City officials that any rescheduled work must be completed either this week or after the holidays have concluded. We will continue to monitor the situation to ensure local residents aren’t unfairly burdened over the holy days.”