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March 27, 2014

AHRC NYC Rises to Challenge After East Harlem Explosion

Category: General — NYSID @ 1:28 pm


Custodial workers from AHRC New York City provided valuable services in the days after a gas explosion leveled two 5-story apartment buildings and left eight people dead on Park Avenue near 116th Street in New York City.

Mayor Bill de Blasio meets with New Yorkers displaced by the March 12 explosion and building collapse in East Harlem

NYSID was asked by the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) on March 14 if a small janitorial crew could be organized to provide cleaning services in a city-run temporary assistance site for individuals impacted by the pipeline explosion in East Harlem two days earlier.

“This was a Resident Service Center set up by the NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to process residents, business owners or anyone else affected by the gas explosion and provide them with whatever basic needs they required,” said Jim Ring, NYSID’s New York City account representative.

Ring contacted AHRC, which immediately stepped up to provide custodial services at the Center, located at La Marqueta, 1580 Park Avenue in Manhattan. The Center offered dining, recreation and restrooms for victims of the gas explosion. “We were asked and provided at a moment’s notice a cleaning crew to start on March 15,” Ring said.

AHRC initially provided two custodians and a supervisor, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for two to four days; however, their services were in such demand that their work extended until March 23, when OEM closed the service center.

“It was a great experience helping people from New York City in a time like this,” said Juan Guzman, AHRC’s regional manager. “I visited the Center myself, and all I received from the staff were compliments about our guys.”

Every day, staff from the Red Cross, OEM, New York City Police Department and Con Ed thanked the AHRC workers personally for a job well done.

“They felt so happy to be there, to be part of the staff and help people in need,” Guzman said. “I also received a call from Craig Bonney, OEM’s director of support services, thanking us for the great service and professionalism we delivered on such short notice.”

NYSID and DCAS have enjoyed a longstanding business relationship and we thank them for their continued use of our services, especially when we assist the City and New Yorkers in times of need.


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