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NYCHA Ignored Warnings That Ventilation Woes Endangered Tenants During Pandemic, Emails Show

A consultant repeatedly urged public housing managers to overhaul decrepit airflow systems in 240 complexes across the city. But NYCHA officials, who insisted there was no danger, did nothing for weeks as the virus raged.

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NYCHA is Required to Rid Apartments of Mold. But its Latest Money-Raising Plan Could Hamper Clean-up Efforts

The authority’s "blueprint" to generate cash for public housing system repairs, tenants and elected officials warn, could draw independent oversight away from the ongoing struggle to clean up toxic mold.

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NYCHA Backs Look at Fan Plan to Head Off New COVID Wave in Public Housing

After THE CITY reported that housing complexes hardest hit by the pandemic rely on aging ventilation systems, NYCHA boos agrees to Gillibrand and Velázquez’s demand for independent study.

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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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RAD Revs Up in Manhattan as Deadline for NYCHA Tenants to Sign Private Leases Looms

Private managers are aiming to close on the "Manhattan bundle" in late November. Some public housing tenants are cautiously optimistic to sign on with new management while others boycott the move.

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NYCHA Roof-Fan Stall Leaves Tenants Exposed to Mold and COVID

Officials promise to install 10,000 fans for ventilation by June. Only three are in place. Meanwhile, the job is being held up by questions over a contractor.

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NYCHA Employees to Get Masks Even as Workplace Tensions Rise

A half-million surgical masks are on tap after THE CITY reveals staff and tenants left unprotected. Meanwhile, a manager threatens employee crackdown.

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NYCHA Spending Details Go Public on NYC Contracts Site, Long After Other Agencies

Comptroller Scott Stringer announces deal to put billions in spending info on Checkbook NYC. The move comes after THE CITY exposed no-bid contracts.

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Trump HUD Cuts Target Public Housing Fixes and Apartment Vouchers

Local Congressional leaders assail planned budget slashing, which come as NYCHA battles mold and lead, and city grapples with housing crisis.

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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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Tenants in Privately Managed NYCHA Homes Kept in Dark on Building Repairs

Once a complex enters the Rental Assistance Demonstration program, where private developers run public housing, online repair and outage reports stop.

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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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How NYCHA Lead and Repairs Scams Started Under Mike Bloomberg’s Mayoral Watch

The former mayor, now running for president, never publicly questioned nearly 200K logged public housing fixes prosecutors later found never happened.

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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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Mold Grows on Efforts to Clean Up Public Housing Apartments

The Housing Authority has left tens of thousands of clean-up requests open for months — and even the ones that have been closed may need second look.

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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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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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New Housing Honcho a No-Show at Annual NYCHA Town Hall

Tenants didn’t get a change to welcome — or confront — the beleaguered agency’s incoming $400K-a-year boss Gregory Russ.

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New NYCHA Chair’s Vow: No One Will Lose Their Apartment

Gregory Russ says there’s nothing to fear from private overhaul of public housing. But tenant concerns permeated his previous gig in Minneapolis.

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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.