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Gillibrand and Velázquez Demand NYCHA Clear the Air in Apartments Ahead of COVID-19 Second Wave

Citing THE CITY’s reporting, the two elected officials said poor ventilation in public housing, due to aging and broken fans, could help spread the coronavirus this winter.

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NYCHA Monitor, Mold Protections Vanish for Tenants Under Private Management

As homes to thousands enter the RAD program, crucial court and monitor oversight of everything from repairs to health woes in public housing ceases.

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City Hall Ignores Comptroller’s Rejection of NYCHA Monitor Bill

After the comptroller rejected the monitor’s $12M contract, the de Blasio administration rejected his authority to examine millions in invoices.

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Stringer Bounces NYCHA’s $12 Million Federal Monitor Deal

Comptroller rejects contract with Bart Schwartz and his firm — citing cost concerns along with THE CITY’s reporting on past ties and billing issues.

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HUD Secretary Carson Claims Fewer ‘Horrible Things’ in NYC Public Housing

The housing boss argued there’s been "substantial improvement" at NYCHA — even as tab to fix the ailing home to 400k New Yorkers rises to $42 billion.

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NYCHA Monitor’s $12 Million Budget Includes His $600-an-Hour Pay

Deal to oversee housing reform will cost taxpayers at least $60m over five years. Even with a pay cap, the monitor will out-earn de Blasio and Cuomo.

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Public Housing Workers Tried to Fool the Feds on Building Repairs

Three NYCHA staffers have been suspended for allegedly tricking HUD inspectors by falsely claiming fixes had been completed, THE CITY has learned.

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Cold Truth for NYCHA Tenants: No New State-Funded Boilers for Four Years or More

Federal monitor OKs long-delayed release of $450 million for public housing upgrades — but new equipment remains many winters away from firing up.

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‘Shoddy Work’ by No-Bid Contractors Now a Target for NYCHA’s Federal Monitor

Weeks after a special report by THE CITY on costly unsupervised construction jobs, the Housing Authority is put on notice to clean up its act.

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Federal Housing Official Says Fraud Charges Building Over NYCHA No-Bid Contracts

HUD’s Lynne Patton declared that "fraud charges are forthcoming" in the wake of THE CITY’s reporting on $250 million in spending on "micro purchases."

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Housing Authority Admits It Can’t Get the Lead Out

The troubled agency concedes it’s currently unable to deliver on a promise to properly inspect apartments for lead paint and clean them up.

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Scott Stringer Vows to Examine NYCHA Monitor’s $20m Budget Bid

The comptroller promised to look at Bart Schwartz’ contract. Meanwhile, Stringer revealed NYCHA paid millions for roof repairs covered by warranties.

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Public Housing’s Federal Monitor Presented a $20 Million Bill

Bart Schwartz wants big taxpayer bucks for him and his team as NYCHA grapples with lead and other woes. We look at some fixes $20 million could cover.

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NYCHA Lead ‘Emergency’ as Clean-up Falters and Child Poisonings Rise

A damning federal monitor report describes failures to protect public housing residents from everything from lead to mold to rats "the size of cats."

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NYCHA’s New $400,000 Boss Faces Backlash Over Pay and Hours

Gregory Russ won’t start until Aug. 12 and will regularly visit Minnesota — drawing criticism from public housing residents and public officials.

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New NYCHA Boss to Reap Record $400K Payday

Gregory Russ, who ran public housing in Minneapolis and Cambridge, Mass., won’t tackle the nation’s largest public housing system until August.

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Meet NYCHA’s New Boss: A Fan of Private Management of Public Housing

Gregory Russ, who ran housing in Minnesota and Cambridge, has been tapped to head the nation’s biggest public housing system, THE CITY has learned.

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NYCHA Bungles Lead Paint Clean-up as It Blows Deadline

THE CITY finds the agency employed useless expired dust wipes to check apartments as officials admit they "failed" to follow protocols in massive job.

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NYCHA Monitor Accuses Agency of Failing to Get the Lead Out

Federal monitor Bart Schwartz says housing chair Kathryn Garcia gave the City Council a "misleading impression" on flagging clean-up effort.

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Public Housing Monitor Hires High-Profile Team, But Keeps Price Private

NYCHA overseer Bart Schwartz and the city are set to hire a consultant. The cost – along with his and his growing team’s salaries – remains secret.