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Judge blasts NYCHA, agrees to appoint special master to deal with toxic mold in aging apartments

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

A federal judge — fed up with NYCHA’s inability to abate toxic mold in its aging apartments — has agreed to appoint a special master to enforce a two-year-old pact to fix the problem

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Bad Day for NYC Public-Housing Agency

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

MANHATTAN (CN) - Moments after a federal judge rapped the New York City Housing Authority on Tuesday for not cleaning up moldy apartments, the city's comptroller's found the agency unprepared for the Big Apple's next disaster. The mold finding comes from a class action that South Bronx community leader Maribel Baez brought two years on behalf of hundreds of thousands of public-housing residents fed up with agency foot-dragging.

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EXCLUSIVE: Roof repairs at Harlem NYCHA building made leaks worse, say tenants

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

When it rains, it pours — right through her ceiling. But the 70-year-old woman, who lives in the King Towers in Harlem, is prepared. The public housing resident has created an elaborate network of aluminum foil aqueducts, taped to the ceiling to channel the deluge into buckets placed strategically on the floor. The jury-rigged funnel system keeps the rainfall off her television, her stove and her 2-year-old son, Josito.

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Housing group opposes de Blasio's Vatican speech because of NYCHA mold problems

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Housing advocates want the Vatican to freeze out Mayor de Blasio at a climate change conference in Rome Tuesday. They say Hizzoner’s invitation to deliver the keynote address should be pulled because of his environmental record at home. De Blasio is set to fly to Italy Monday night and give a speech, titled “Modern Slavery and Climate Change,” at the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences Tuesday.

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Congregations Call on De Blasio to Shake Up NYCHA

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Konrad Aderer joins Brownsville pastor Father Ed Mason and hundreds of city housing residents and faith leaders from Metro IAF as they take to the steps of City Hall to call on Mayor de Blasio to take charge of NYCHA, the dysfunctional New York City agency in charge of public housing.

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Tenants, advocates call for NYCHA's Shola Olatoye to quit

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Frustrated tenants and advocates rallied outside City Hall Thursday, calling for NYCHA Chairwoman Shola Olatoye to step down.

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Coalition Says Housing Authority's Problems Worse Under de Blasio Administration

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Friday, June 26, 2015

A coalition of churches and New York City Housing Authority residents is going public with its criticism of the mayor. The Metro Industrial Areas Foundation held a rally at City Hall, saying the Housing Authority's problems have gotten worse under the de Blasio administration. The foundation is calling for a shakeup.

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Mr. Mayor, step up & fix NYCHA: In dilapidated buildings, residents wait and wait for repairs

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Mayor de Blasio professes to care about public housing far more than his predecessor did. It is time for him to take ownership over the conditions that plague thousands upon thousands of souls trapped in NYCHA buildings — leaky roofs, moldy bathrooms, unsafe lobbies and filthy elevators. These problems are long-term, sometimes life-threatening, and in many cases getting worse under his watch.

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Calls for NYCHA Head’s Ouster Say de Blasio is to Blame

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Angry residents and faith leaders joined forces Thursday to call for the resignation of Shola Olatoye, chairwoman of New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). On the steps of City Hall under a bright sun, hundreds of members of Metro Industrial Areas Foundation called for a "shake up" at NYCHA, demanding that Mayor de Blasio keep his promises to New York City’s most vulnerable population

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Need for major renovations keeps NYCHA units vacant for years: audit

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Almost 300,000 New Yorkers are on the waiting list for a spot inside a New York City Housing Authority Building yet hundreds of apartments remain vacant, some for more than 10 years. But NYCHA says vacancy rates are the lowest in a decade and that it can’t make the necessary repairs without the necessary funding.

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Tenants, churches want NYCHA boss to resign over lack of repairs

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A coalition of churches and public housing tenants frustrated by perceived inaction by NYCHA plans to call for the agency’s chairwoman to step down

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Tenants want judge to force NYCHA to clean up mold at public housing

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Public housing tenants asked a judge Wednesday to step in and make the Housing Authority comply with a year-old vow to clean up nasty mold from apartments.

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NYC Public Housing: Fixing a Leak with a Bucket

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Friday, April 3, 2015

At Maria Santana’s public housing apartment on New York’s Upper West Side, dirty, black water has periodically poured in from the walls, from the pipes, from the radiator. She says the problems started two years ago. “It’s so much water, it looks like it’s raining in here. I am scared,” Santana said. She has placed buckets throughout her apartment. Her couch is covered in plastic to keep it from getting wet.

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Tenants: De Blasio Needs Bigger NYCHA Role

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

When the head of the New York City Housing Authority met with residents at a chapel in Brownsville on Tuesday night, there were questions about failing radiators, missing kitchen sinks, moldy walls, broken doors, pigeon excrement and more. These were all part of a more general question: A year into his administration, to what extent is Mayor de Blasio accountable for the continuing maintenance woes at NYCHA, which has been shortchanged by all levels of government for at least a decade?

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NYCHA Tenants Pack Brownsville Church to Demand Repairs

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Standing at the pulpit, Nancy Baptiste led her congregation in reciting not amens or hymns, but the number most public housing tenants have committed to memory: 7-1-8-7-0-7-7-7-7-1 That’s the phone number New York City Housing Authority, or NYCHA, tenants call when something needs to be fixed. Too often, Baptiste said, no one shows up, the wrong work gets done, or the maintenance crew makes the problem worse.

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NYCHA not obeying order to fix mold in hundreds of units, tenants' lawyers say

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

The housing authority is in “systemic noncompliance” with a court-ordered agreement to clean up the toxic mold that infests so many aging apartments, attorneys for tenants say. A year ago NYCHA entered into a federal consent decree, promising to abate mold in hundreds of apartments where tenants with asthma live to avoid a lawsuit under the Americans with Disabilities Ac

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Mr. Mayor, here’s how it’s done: Lessons from the affordable housing frontlines

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Mayor de Blasio has made the creation of higher density apartments in East New York the centerpiece of his housing agenda. Oddly, his administration never bothered to ask us for our thoughts on its plans to build on the work we’ve been succesfully doing there for 30 years.

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1 in 3 city Housing Authority tenants say mold returns after NYCHA claims it's fixed

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

One in three city Housing Authority tenants say mold in their apartments returns even after NYCHA claims the problem is fixed, according to a city investigation. The ineffectiveness of dozens of these court-ordered “repairs” emerges in an internal report by the city Department of Investigation obtained under the Freedom of Information law by the Daily News. (click link for more)

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Mold still a growing problem for hundreds of NYCHA tenants a year after promise of fixes

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Ten-year-old James Ford, who suffers from asthma, has been in and out of the hospital this school year — missing nearly 30 days at Public School 138 in the Bronx. And instead of doing the things boys generally do on the weekends, the public housing resident is taking classes on Saturdays just to finish fifth grade on time. (click link for more)

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Build senior housing with surplus billions

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

With Albany preoccupied with an election that inspires no one outside of the capitol bubble and with City Hall distracted by an inability to deal with a staffing crisis of its own making, it might seem foolhardy to expect the city and state’s top political leaders to look 20 years ahead. But that’s what the distracted mayor and preoccupied governor must do if a deepening crisis in senior housing and senior services is to be averted. (click link for more)

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Build senior housing with surplus billions

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

With Albany preoccupied with an election that inspires no one outside of the capitol bubble and with City Hall distracted by an inability to deal with a staffing crisis of its own making, it might seem foolhardy to expect the city and state’s top political leaders to look 20 years ahead. But that’s what the distracted mayor and preoccupied governor must do if a deepening crisis in senior housing and senior services is to be averted. (click link for more)

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Groups Prod NYCHA to Keep Promises on Mold

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

East Harlem — It’s been six months since two community groups and the New York Housing Authority signed a landmark settlement agreement to address mold and moisture problems in public housing units and three months since a federal judge ordered the new rules into effect.

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Bill the Builder

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

When Mayor de Blasio appeared last Sunday before 2,200 leaders from Metro Industrial Areas Foundation, he was already beginning to pivot away from his bruising, but successful, struggle to secure pre-K funding and to talk about other important issues, housing being the most prominent.

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Facing Suit, New York City Agrees to Remove Mold in Public Housing More Quickly

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The New York City Housing Authority will deal more quickly and more thoroughly with mold in its apartments as part of an agreement by the Bloomberg administration to settle a federal lawsuit by people living in housing projects and coping with asthma. (click link for more)

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A breath of fresh air

Publication Date: 
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The landmark federal court settlement between City Hall and mold-plagued The landmark federal court settlement between City Hall and mold-plagued residents of the New York City Housing Authority is a stinging indictment of the horrors inflicted on tenants under the leadership of Chairman John Rhea.

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New York City Housing Authority Agrees to Address Mold, Contributor to Asthma Epidemic

Publication Date: 
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

On New Year’s Eve last year, Rossana de la Cuadra wasn’t celebrating. She was in the hospital with her six-year-old daughter, Amanda Santos, who was experiencing yet another severe asthma attack. An inspection of the family’s apartment, in the city-owned Van Dyke building in East New York, Brooklyn, revealed a possible threat to Amanda’s health: heavy mold growth in the bathroom and moisture on the walls, including in Amanda’s bedroom. (click link for more)

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Public housing complex must clean mold within 15 days

Publication Date: 
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The New York City Housing Authority vowed yesterday to remove mold from asthmatics’ apartments at Brooklyn’s Van Dyke Houses as part of a lawsuit settlement. (click link for more)

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NYCHA agrees to federal court’s supervision in apartment mold scandal

Publication Date: 
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The New York Housing Authority has agreed to clean up mold and related The New York Housing Authority has agreed to clean up mold and related problems wThe New York Housing Authority has agreed to clean up mold and related problems within 15 days. US District Judge William Pauley will monitor NYCHA’s compliance for up to three years.

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NYC Housing Authority to come under judicial oversight over mold in apartments

Publication Date: 
Monday, December 16, 2013

EXCLUSIVE: The federal judicial intervention is seen as a step toward resolving NYCHA’s inability to tackle an issue that affects hundreds of tenants citywide. Tenants and their attorneys can now go directly to a judge to slap financial penalties on the agency if it doesn’t get the job done right. (click link for more)

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Lawsuit Forces NYCHA To Remove Mold In Days, Not Months

Publication Date: 
Monday, December 16, 2013

A lawsuit and settlement agreement filed in federal court will force NYCHA to swiftly remove mold from public housing units. Previously the housing authority had painted over or bleached moldy walls, which caused residents with asthma and other respiratory ailments to suffer difficulty breathing, wheezing, hospitalization, and a proliferation of cockroaches and other vermin in their apartments. (click link for more)

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