Death of two plaintiffs delays hearing against PPR
by Jess Berry
Feb 04, 2015 | 2705 views | 0 0 comments | 87 87 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The deaths of two plaintiffs in the longstanding battle between Prospect Park Residence (PPR) and a group of strong-willed elderly residents has put a halt in the proceedings and generated heavy hearts at the most recent hearing.

Plaintiffs Mary Berger and Lillian Marks both passed away in the weeks leading up to what was supposed to be a contempt hearing for Haysha Deitsch, the owner of PPR, last Friday.

Due to their passing, Judge Wayne P. Saitta rescheduled the proceedings until Wednesday, February 4, so that temporary administrators could be assigned for the two former PPR residents.

Joyce Singer, whose mother Alice is still living in her apartment at PPR, said she remembered Marks as a strong woman with “incredible life stories.”

Marks, 107, was moved from PPR only a couple of months ago to a nearby facility, Regency of Boro Park. Singer said that the move was hard on Marks.

“She didn’t want to move,” Singer said. “She was hysterical about moving, and then she dies not too long after.”

For her own part, Singer and her mother Alice are continuing to fight their own battles at PPR. Most recently, Singer discovered her mother’s room was infested with bed bugs.

When PPR management refused to freeze the room for treatment, insisting instead on using bug poison that a doctor said would be bad for the elderly residents, Singer paid for a less harmful treatment out of her own pocket.

By last Friday’s court hearing, Singer said that PPR had not yet checked the other rooms in the building for bugs.

“I told them that the experts said that the rooms above, below and next to hers have to be inspected,” Singer explained. “I haven’t gotten an answer yet.”

At the next hearing, residents and their families will follow up on a contempt hearing for Haysha Deitsch, who according to the families has failed to meet the court’s orders to restore services in the nearly empty building.

While Singer said the food is better, the “cleanliness” is still abysmal and the activities that were promised for the seniors are non-existent. There are also major leaks in some of the ceilings in the building.

Previously, the residents were also struggling with heat and hot water, which would sporadically turn off for days at a time. Singer said that, at least for the last week, heat and hot water had not been an issue.

But, she said, “it’s always something there.”

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