Reasons for NYCHA money doesn't matter to tenants
Apr 03, 2018 | 3035 views | 0 0 comments | 333 333 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Whether Governor Andrew Cuomo's announcement on Monday that he was declaring a state of emergency for the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) was a chance to take a shot at political foe Mayor Bill de Blasio or came from a real concern for tenants certainly doesn't matter to the public housing residents who spent another winter without heat or hot water.

The announcement, which will fast-track repairs by essentially categorizing the situation in public housing on par with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, follows a $250 million allocation in the new state budget for repairs in public housing.

It took a whole lot of bureaucracy to get to this point.

Not only did it require the state to get involved, but the also the Department of Housing and Urban Development at the federal level after it was discovered that NYCHA authorities were filing false reports on how the city was handling mold and lead paint issues.

It should have never gotten to this point for NYCHA residents, but now that all of the political maneuvering is hopefully behind us, they will start to see real improvements in their living conditions.

Tenants should start to see private contractors hard at work within three months.

Kudos to the elected officials who refused to accept substandard plans from the de Blasio administration that would have seen crucial repairs pushed back for years, instead pressuring elected officials to come up with solutions.

So whether Cuomo stepping up for NYCHA residents was just election-year posturing or not doesn't really matter.

Maybe all of the bickering over the sorry state of mass transit will one day result in similar good news for the city's commuters.

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