NYCHA residents demand answers after mailboxes remain broken, vandalized for three years

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BEDFORD STUYVESANT, Brooklyn (PIX11) -- You pay your rent and you expect to have your mail delivered, but not if you live in the Louis Armstrong Houses in Bedford Stuyvesant.

For three years, that's right, three long years these vandalized mailboxes haven't been repaired.

Residents showed PIX11 the ticket numbers and work orders from the New York City Housing Authority to prove it.

"This is an injustice," said resident Yvonne Lemon. "We pay our rent. We want our mail and we will just keep fighting."

Even the mail carriers who try to deliver the mail to 373, 380 and 385 Lexington Ave. posted signs asking NYCHA to please fix the mailboxes.

"We need to pay our bills, Christmas is coming, we want deliveries and cards," Vincenia Hart, a resident, told PIX11.

The closest post office is more than a mile away and many of these seniors would have trouble getting there every day, let alone pay for the added expense of renting a post office box.

"I can't walk there," said Linda Talbot, a resident with a cane.

A statement from NYCHA: “We understand residents are inconvenienced and frustrated by this recurring vandalism problem we’ve been working on for some time with the Post Office and law enforcement. We appreciate our residents' patience."

But these residents don't want to be patient any longer.