Rosie responds to the arrest of 5 individuals in the 2015 East Village building explosion

For Immediate Release                                      February 11th 2016

Contact: John Blasco, 212-677-1077 x107

Councilwoman Rosie Mendez responds to the arrest of 5 individuals in the 2015 East Village building explosion

“As we’re approaching the anniversary of this tragic event I want to thank and congratulate Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance for his continuing investigation that has led to the arrest of these five individuals. The events from last year are still very much with us in the East Village. Every day we walk by and see empty space where three buildings stood; three buildings that were part of a historic district. Everyday my businesses struggle to recover from the street closures that resulted in financial losses last year. And every day, the people of the East Village have been waiting for justice. Today we are one step closer. Maria Hryenko has told reporters that she’s a good person. Apparently this good person’s reckless actions led to the death of two young men, led to the homelessness of dozens of families and businesses, and led to the loss of their worldly possessions. Her actions and those of four others were criminal. I look forward to the commencement of the trial and I hope this sends a strong message to other landlords and contractors that you will be held accountable for your actions.”

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