News NYCHA evicts 72-year-old man recovering from amputation surgery, Bronx BP says Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. has been working with Bienvenido Martinez since his eviction, trying to get him placed in a new NYCHA apartment and a reimbursement for the items he lost. Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. held a news conference Thursday over NYCHA's eviction of Bienvenido Martinez, left, while he recovered from above-the-knee amputation surgery. Photo Credit: Office of the Bronx Borough President By Lauren Cook email@example.com @L_Cook865 Updated April 12, 2019 2:44 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email The New York City Housing Authority was derided by Bronx Borough President Rubin Diaz Jr. on Thursday for what he said is an embarrassing case of tenant neglect. When Bienvenido Martinez, 72, went in for emergency surgery to amputate his leg above the knee late last year, the last thing he expected was to be evicted from his apartment. Despite being notified of his medical emergency by the rehabilitation center where he was recovering, NYCHA kicked Martinez out of the Union Avenue Consolidation complex in December over an outstanding debt of $816, according to the borough president’s office. Since Martinez was still being treated at the rehab center at the time, NYCHA should have placed his belongings in storage, as required by law. Instead, Diaz said the housing authority threw Martinez’s possessions — his birth certificate and Social Security card, among them — in the trash. “How much more expensive is it to make this man homeless, rather than use a little common sense and work with him to keep him in his apartment?” Diaz asked during a news conference about the case on Thursday. “It will cost far more than $816, I’m positive of that. This is a tragedy, and NYCHA should be embarrassed. The agency must fix this mess and make Mr. Martinez whole again.” Diaz’s office has been working with Martinez since his eviction, trying to get him placed in a new NYCHA apartment and a reimbursement for the items he lost. The borough president said he sent a letter to NYCHA’s interim chair and CEO Kathryn Garcia in March but has not yet received a response on the matter. NYCHA spokeswoman Barbara Brancaccio said the housing authority was working on restoring Martinez's tenancy but could not comment further on "individual residents’ lease agreements." The borough president is demanding NYCHA resolve Martinez’s situation as soon as possible. “It is shameful that NYCHA has no trouble expediting the eviction of a newly disabled senior citizen but cannot seem to move as quickly to replace its boilers or provide repairs for units with long-standing issues,” he said. By Lauren Cook firstname.lastname@example.org @L_Cook865 Lauren joined amNY.com as a news editor in 2016. Previously, she worked as a web producer at CBS New York and News 12. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.