Household of Harlem mother who died alongside together with her kids plan to sue metropolis for billions


Grief-stricken kin of the Harlem mother who died together with 5 of her kids when hearth tore by their death-trap public-housing house final month plan to sue the town — for $2.2 billion.

“It’s exhausting to place a greenback worth on the lack of human life, however the $2.2 billion, we really feel, is acceptable in mild of the present state of affairs,” mentioned lawyer Evan Oshan, who’s representing two surviving daughters of late matriarch Andrea Pollidore.

The attention-popping sum just isn’t arbitrary, the lawyer mentioned — it’s the similar quantity that Mayor de Blasio dedicated to his embattled New York Metropolis Housing Authority in January to settle a federal probe into horrendous residing circumstances in buildings equivalent to Pollidore’s.

“There must be a message despatched as a result of issues aren’t getting higher right here,” Oshan mentioned. “There’s been main, main neglect in that constructing.”

Pollidore, 45, her stepson Mac Abdularaulph, 33, and 4 extra of her youngsters ages three to 11 — daughters Nakyra and Brook-Lynn and sons Andre and Elijah — had been discovered useless in bedrooms on reverse sides of their West 142nd Avenue house within the Fred Samuels Homes after a fireplace swept by it within the early hours of Could 8.

The seven-story NYCHA constructing, which dates to 1910, had no sprinklers, and many of the household’s fifth-floor unit’s emergency exits had been off of the kitchen — which is the place the blaze ignited from an unattended range.

The hearth marshal remains to be investigating the trigger.

“They had been trapped,” one in all Pollidore’s surviving daughters, Raven Reyes, instructed The Publish on Sunday exterior the constructing, which she mentioned she’s dutifully visited each day for the reason that tragedy to pay her respects.

“All the pieces occurred so quick. One minute, we had been right here within the morning laughing together with her,” mentioned Reyes, 26, the administrator of Pollidore’s property. “Nighttime, she’s gone.”

Reyes, together with one other of Pollidore’s grownup daughters, Sharmaine Voltaire of Locust Grove, Ga., quietly filed the wrongful-death claims Could 14, lower than every week after the lethal blaze.Along with the $2.2 billion, Reyes is in search of $18 million for emotional damages. In the meantime, Pollidore’s sister, Natelle Pollidore, needs compensation from her late sister’s property to cowl her $37,773 funeral, in response to filings obtained by The Publish.

The bills included $2,850 for limousines, $10,200 for cemetery or crematory prices and $11,600 for packages, filings present.

The factor Pollidore’s household needs essentially the most, nonetheless, is an evidence for a way their relations died.

“We simply need solutions. That’s what we’d like,” mentioned Hakeem Pollidore, 30, a surviving son.

“There are nonetheless quite a lot of purple flags and questions we haven’t had answered but.”

The notices of declare say the town and the New York Metropolis Housing Authority “did not adjust to correct designs and security requirements” and allowed “hazardous and unsafe circumstances” on the constructing.

Underneath the town’s settlement with the federal authorities, it might funnel $2.2 billion to NYCHA over 10 years to repair rampant issues.

A spokesman for the town Legislation Division referred to as the deadly hearth “a tragic incident.

“The town will evaluation the discover of declare,” he mentioned.

Extra reporting by Nolan Hicks