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NYCHA Probed Over Clogged Trash Chute Fire That Killed Bronx Boy

Aiden Hayward, age 6, died in a blaze that began in the garbage at the Mitchel Houses — nine months after a similar fire erupted in the complex. Meanwhile, more than 300 chute repair requests were pending in public housing developments citywide, THE CITY has learned.

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The Toll of NYCHA’s Lead Lies, Part II: A Mother Fights for Truth as Daughter Struggles

Mikhaila Bonaparte, who lives in a Brooklyn public housing complex long ago deemed free of lead paint, recorded an off-the-charts blood lead level shortly before her third birthday. NYCHA denies there’s any lead in the apartment — even after health officials detected the toxin.

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The Toll of NYCHA’s Lead Lies: A Brooklyn Girl Poisoned as Officials Covered Up Danger

More than 5,000 public housing apartments in buildings long ago deemed "lead free" contain lead paint, THE CITY has learned. And that number is likely to grow. Meet a resident of one of those complexes: Mikhaila Bonaparte, who was born in 2013, just days before NYCHA falsified its lead report to the feds.

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NYCHA Housing Fix Clouded by Tenant Complaints About Private Managers

THE CITY’s examination found residents of several Brooklyn and Manhattan developments placed into the RAD program have alleged that private contractors and building managers botched renovations. Now some officials say an infusion of federal funds could render RAD obsolete.

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Manhattan Lead Paint Confusion Casts New Doubts on Moving Public Housing to Private Management

A supervisor assigned to oversee possible lead paint removal didn’t have certification. Meanwhile, an asbestos removal firm with a record of violations was hired. Some elected officials say NYCHA must pause transferring buildings to private firms.

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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.

Red Hook NYCHA Tenants Face New Gas Outages in Maddening Pattern

Nearly 100 households at the Brooklyn complex have been without cooking gas for a week and NYCHA has no timeline for repairs. It’s a story that’s played out repeatedly in recent years at the borough’s biggest public housing development.

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After Demolition Scare, Chelsea NYCHA Tenants Forge New Path With Private Management

Fulton and Chelsea-Elliott residents met with top housing officials for months to hash out what comes next for their Manhattan homes. The process has been rocky at times, but could become a model for how NYCHA engages with tenants across the city.

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Can Mayoral Hopeful Shaun Donovan Save New York City’s Crumbling Public Housing?

The ex-city and federal housing boss created a controversial privatization program now used in NYC. NYCHA’s lead-poisoning scandal festered while he was in Washington. Now Donovan says he can rescue residents.

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NYCHA Falsely Certified This Brooklyn Child’s Apartment Lead-Free. Now He Has Lead Poisoning — and He’s Not Alone

"When people make mistakes and then cover those mistakes up with lies upon lies, that’s when people get really hurt," said Sherron Paige, whose 7-year-old son, Kyan, has grown up in a lead-tainted apartment in the Red Hook Houses.

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How NYCHA Allegedly Closed the Book on Repairs It Didn’t Do

With every apartment that gets turned over to private management, public housing officials wipe away mold fixes and other unfinished work, an advocacy group charges. Meanwhile, the number of outstanding repairs recently hit a record 475,000.

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NYCHA Managers Allegedly Lied on Lead Reports for Hundreds of Apartments. At Least 19 Kids Were Poisoned

Workers certified to oversee lead paint abatement were forced to sign off on jobs they had nothing to do with, according to city investigators. No criminal charges have been brought.

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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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Stringer Calls on de Blasio, NYCHA to Protect Public Housing Residents Ahead of COVID Second Wave

The comptroller — who is running for mayor — accuses the New York City Housing Authority of sitting on millions of federal dollars he says could address critical problems as a possible virus resurgence approaches this winter.

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Count of NYCHA Apartments With Lead Paint — and Kids — on Pace to Hit 20,000

Public housing officials have yet to inspect tens of thousands of apartments. THE CITY’s analysis found at the current rate, the number of tainted units would more than double.

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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 Ventilation Fix Delay Poses a COVID ‘Health Emergency’ Council Member Declares

Elected officials call for speeding up fan replacement after THE CITY revealed high infection rates in 45 developments awaiting work. Meanwhile, a top NYCHA official said there’s no link between virus spread and ventilation, despite health expert findings.

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‘A Perfect Storm’: Seniors in NYCHA Buildings with Poor Ventilation Slammed by COVID-19

With a major fan replacement project running behind and winter on the way, health experts warn of danger for more virus spread in public housing developments.