Residents Sue Coney Island Adult Home for Bed Bug Infestation and Shoddy Conditions
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Residents at a Coney Island adult home are suing over shoddy
conditions - including a three- year bedbug infestation.
The Surf Manor Adult Home on Surf Ave. was slapped with a class
action lawsuit last Tuesday by roughly 200 residents who claim
their rooms are crawling with bedbugs.
They also blame home officials for the spread of scabies, broken
elevators, spotty heat and hot water, mold growth, and nasty
treatment by staff during that time.
"We're hoping we can get a permanent change to improve the quality
of our lives," said resident Norman Bloomfield.
"We don't have to live with these daily problems. We want to live
The lawsuit also mentions dirty linens that were left in hallways
and stairwells; and leaky ceilings that were never repaired.
Lawyers for the residents said administrators were slow to fumigate
the building, causing the infestation to repeatedly
A new company was also hired by administrators to keep watch over
the housekeeping staff and porters while they fixed the problems,
but the conditiopns persist, according to the suit.
"The actions they've taken have been wholesale inadequate," said
lawyer Shelly Weizman.
"It's makeshift temporary solutions that don't get to the root of
Lawyers for the adult home - who serves the elderly and the
disabled - said administrators took every step to fix the bedbug
"The allegations in this lawsuit are not true and they will be
vigorously contested," saidhome lawyer Jeff Sherrin.
"It's a good, clean facility. They are committed to the welfare of
their residents and they continue to monitor and deal with any
bedbug issues that arise."
But fed up residents said they are sick of the building's
"It's uncomfortable. You're trying to sleep and the bedbugs are
biting you," said James Riddles, 51..
Vonceile Morgan, 52, said that when she first moved into the adult
home eight months ago, her room was crawling with bedbugs.
Morgan was bitten so badly she was taken to Coney Island
"I'm devastated. I feel like I'm being treated less than a human
being," said Morgan.
"I want to see conditions improved here not just for me but for all
the residents here."