Homeless shelter run by disgraced ex-governor Andrew Cuomo’s sister left man ‘FOUR DAYS’ locked in broken elevator, with victim rushed to hospital with severe dehydration after being rescued
- The captured man, who has yet to be identified, was severely dehydrated when he was rescued and rushed to Harlem hospital.
- He was trapped in a broken elevator at HELP Meyer Mental Health + Shelter at 600 East 125th Street on Wards Island, led by Maria Cuomo Cole
- The city pays more than $5,300 monthly to service and accommodate 200 single men in 95 dormitories
- shelter residents filed as many as 11 complaints about the malfunctioning elevators with little to no response, saying the elevators are constantly out of order
A man was trapped in a broken elevator for four days at a run-down Manhattan homeless shelter run by the sister of ex-Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York, before being rescued by the FDNY.
The trapped man, who has yet to be identified, was severely dehydrated when he was rescued and rushed to Harlem hospital, police said. New York Post.
He was released from hospital around 10 a.m. Sunday morning after his serious but not life-threatening condition.
The ordeal happened at HELP Meyer Mental Health + Shelter, located at 600 East 125th Street on Wards Island, which pays the city more than $5,300 for each man it houses in 95 dormitories, which can accommodate up to 200 men.
The shelter is one of 24 operated by HELP USA, a nonprofit that grew out of an organization funded in 1986 by ex-Governor Cuomo. It has been run by his sister Maria Cuomo Cole since 1993.
An unidentified man was trapped in a broken elevator for four days at the dilapidated homeless shelter in Manhattan HELP Meyer Mental Health + Shelter (pictured) on Wards Island. The city pays more than $5,300 monthly to service and accommodate 200 single men in 95 dormitories
HELP USA has a $63.7 million five-year contract with the City Department of Homeless Services to manage HELP Meyer through June 2023, according to the city inspector’s website.
But shelter residents filed as many as 11 complaints about the malfunctioning elevators with little to no response, the NY Post reported, saying the elevators are constantly malfunctioning.
This HELP USA location was not listed as an offer on the organization’s website with the other housing projects.
Resident Horace Clay, 45, said he had to wait hours for an elevator to leave his room on the sixth floor where he lives.
Clay told the NY Post, “I have osteoarthritis in my hips and I’ve always had issues with these lifts, which is a safety issue for me. I can’t take the stairs.
“You can call 311, make all the complaints you want, but they won’t get anything done here.”
The shelter is headed by ex-Governor Andrew Cuomo’s sister, Andrew Cuomo, Maria Cuomo Cole (pictured) and has a $63.7 million five-year contract with the City Department of Homeless Services to manage HELP Meyer through June 2023.
Inmate Alex Silvagnoli, 55, adds: ‘You have to take the stairs at least once a day because the elevators don’t come.
“There are people here with wheelchairs. How do they get out in an emergency without elevators?’
A HELP USA spokesperson blamed the State Office of Mental Health (OMH) for the problems at the emergency shelter.
They claimed the state agency — which leases the shelter space on the sixth, seventh and eighth floors of the state building — is “responsible for elevator maintenance” and responding to emergency calls.
OMH told the NY Post it had “not been advised that the maintenance company was servicing the elevator or shutting down the elevator on the date in question” and declined to comment further.
The scandal came a month after Andrew Cuomo announced his resignation after New York Attorney General Letitia James published an investigation accusing him of sexually assaulting 11 different women.
He denies those allegations and has since been replaced as governor of New York by his former lieutenant governor Kathy Hochul.