Document Drop Plus: The NYCHA Report, The Daily News Investigation, And The Fallout

The big news about coming changes at the New York City Housing Authority due to the investigative efforts of our Daily News team is getting a lot of attention today (as well it should) from potential 2013 mayoral hopefuls and elsewhere, and here are a few samples:

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who put out a NYCHA reform plan in the wake of the News investigation: “The Mayor’s adoption of many of my proposals for the reform of NYCHA is a significant step towards improving the lives of the over 650,000 New Yorkers who they serve. But more must be done.

“We must work with our Congressional delegation to increase federal funding for public housing, while continuing our efforts to streamline NYCHA operations and management,” Stringer said.

“We owe it to every tenant to ensure that simple maintenance issues don’t take months or years to resolve. We owe it to every tenant to ensure that security systems are in place to make NYCHA housing a safe place to raise a family. And we owe it to every tenant to ensure that the nation’s largest public housing authority is prepared to offer safe, quality, affordable housing for decades to come.”

City Comptroller John Liu also weighed in, noting that he has yet to hear back on the questions he submitted to NYCHA last month about its draft plan: “We commend City Council Committee Chairperson Rosie Mendez for convening today’s hearing on the lack of security cameras at NYCHA housing developments, which is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the agency’s failures. Today’s hearing should be the first of many to get an understanding of why NYCHA’s buildings are deteriorating and its housing developments are overrun by rodents, all while NYCHA sits on a pile of unspent money. We have serious questions about NYCHA’s operations [which] demand comprehensive answers.”

This morning, Rep. Nydia Velazquez had joined the growing call for the release of a scathing report — funded with $10 million in taxpayer money — that described NYCHA as sluggish and mismanaged. That report appears in full below.

And earlier this week, Brooklyn Assemblyman (and Congressional hopeful) Hakeem Jeffries called for a federal investigation of NYCHA following the News reports, writing HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, “The scope of the alleged fiscal mismanagement shocks the conscience. Given the allegations, the possibility of waste, fraud and abuse must be explored. HUD should do everything possible to make sure that the federal funding it provides to NYCHA is being used on behalf of public housing residents who desperately need the help.”


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