Public Housing

A court-ordered timeline for fixing boilers and elevators and eliminating toxins and pests is imperiled by a gigantic deficit in rental revenue, says the housing authority.
The lab responsible for Riis Houses chaos handled Legionnaires’ disease testing at 11 public housing complexes. All of its work is now getting reexamined — with no notice to tenants.
A visit to the apartment of one tenant shows how problems that aren’t solved in a timely fashion only get worse.
At a tense City Council Hearing, NYCHA officials were grilled about the authority’s lethargic response to complaints about cloudy water and positive arsenic test results. Its chairman was a no-show.
On eve of a Council investigative hearing, sources say weeks went by without action, even as tenants filed dozens of complaints of foul, cloudy water.
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Gregory Russ will step down as CEO, Mayor Eric Adams announced, while remaining the public housing authority chair at a $258,000 salary. Now-retracted tests that showed arsenic in drinking water is just the latest scandal Russ faced.
City Council committees are seeking a clear explanation from public housing officials and Mayor Eric Adams about what exactly happened with the water at Jacob Riis Houses.
Federal monitor Bart Schwartz told public housing tenants he’s working with the city Department of Investigation, which has subpoena power, to review how arsenic came to be detected (and then not) in residents’ drinking water.
NYCHA and the city still haven’t explained when they first became concerned about potential contamination, or why it took three days for the results to be made public.
Mayor Eric Adams maintains that results showing arsenic in the drinking water at Manhattan’s Riis houses were “questionable” — while not revealing that new clean results come from taps that had been flowing for an extended time first.
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Eric Adams is promising transparency as his administration probes how things got so cloudy in the first place.
The federal overseer of the city’s public housing system demands all documentation be preserved, as it pursues investigation into toxic water at Manhattan’s Riis Houses.
For years, NYCHA management ignored a 2018 DOI recommendation to ban lithium-ion battery powered devices in public housing. Three people, including a 5-year-old girl today, have been killed in related fires since.
On the campaign trail last summer, Eric Adams decried the condition of public housing playgrounds highlighted by THE CITY. As mayor, however, the number of closed playgrounds has actually gone up.
NYCHA declined to answer THE CITY’s questions about why it took so long to respond to the Department of Investigation’s suggestion.
E-bikes have become an essential tool workers use to meet brutal delivery schedules. They’ve also sparked deadly fires in public housing.
Measure sought by Mayor Eric Adams and his public housing authority chair will enable refinancing to help fund desperately needed repairs for 25,000 apartments.
Albany lawmakers are poised to approve a long-sought Preservation Trust to enable new investment in dilapidated housing projects — and Mayor Eric Adams says residents will have a say. The fine print is less clear.
Housing officials claim that no residents were “adversely impacted,” but one 90-year-old Holocaust survivor told THE CITY he was “in a state of panic.”
The public housing authority admits it erroneously informed Section 8-subsidized renters their aid was ending, after a tech meltdown made paperwork disappear. A solution is still far off.