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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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A breath of fresh air

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

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

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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

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

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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

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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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NYC to Address Rampant Mold and Moisture Problems in Public Housing Following NRDC Lawsuit

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Monday, December 16, 2013

The New York City Housing Authority will take majors steps to address the city’s severe and pervasive mold and moisture problem in its public housing stock, thanks to a settlement agreement reached today in a class action lawsuit filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the National Center for Law and Economic Justice on behalf of affected tenants. This is especially good news for residents with asthma, particularly children and the elderly, whose health has been suffering as a result of mold in their apartments. (click link for more)

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NYCHA's failure to stop reoccurring mold invasion spurs suit

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

On Tuesday, frustrated tenants will take action against the authority for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act — on the grounds that asthma is a disability.

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Public Housing Residents Claim NYCHA Just Paints Over Mold Problems

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

It’s a cry for help from residents of New York City public housing. Many have been complaining about mold in their city apartments for years, but charge the New York City Housing Authority never really confronts the problem.

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NYC Housing Authority boss John Rhea passed on fed funds

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Monday, October 1, 2012

AT A BREAKFAST meeting last week, city Housing Authority Chairman John Rhea announced he was pursuing $500 million in federal funds for “desperately needed” roof and brickwork repairs. He didn’t mention that two years ago, he decided against going after the same pot of money because he didn’t have qualified staff to spend it wisely, the Daily News has learned.

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Rhea’s big promises

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Embattled New York City Housing Authority Chairman John Rhea has unveiled plans that he promises will generate several billion dollars to pay for critically needed, long overdue renovations at the agency’s 334 developments.

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Broken NYCHA can be repaired

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Monday, August 6, 2012

The New York City Housing Authority is the custodian of a vast and critical public resource — 180,000 apartments, hundreds of developments, thousands of workers — that lives and dies silently.

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NYCHA’S GRAY MONSTER: Residents live with mold that won’t die

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

A tale of rot and ruined health is all too familiar among residents of New York City Housing Authority buildings, where mold often grows unchecked and impatient renters grow irate.

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Mike's blind spot

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Friday, August 3, 2012

The mayor should have read the letter. The mayor should have taken the contents seriously. The mayor should have responded appropriately and aggressively for the betterment of New York.

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Bloomberg continues to defend NYCHA chief John Rhea

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Mayor Bloomberg on Friday admitted to blowing off a non-profit agency that charged the city’s Housing Authority was sitting on $1 billion and failing to take advantage of another $600,000. “It’s all ginned up by some group,” Bloomberg said on WOR-AM radio’s John Gambling show. “They wrote us a letter. And, yes, it’s true, they did not get a written response.”

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Letter to Mayor Bloomberg last year warned of NYCHA’s failures

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

City housing officials, in addition to sitting on nearly $1 billion in federal funds, were too inept to collect another $600 million in available revenue, a civic improvement group charged last year.

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High-handed Mike

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Yes, New York City Housing Authority Chairman John Rhea has a tough job, as Mayor Bloomberg assigned a press aide to say in response to Tuesday’s Daily News front page calling on the mayor to fire Rhea and fellow board members.

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NYCHA board sitting on nearly $1B in fed cash

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

They earn close to $200,000 a year, ride in city-owned cars, live in tony Manhattan apartments — and are sitting on hundreds of millions of dollars intended to benefit low income New York families.

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Daily News Investigates: NYCHA Special Report

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Special multi-day articles about New York City Housing Authority.

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Obama’s mortgage unit is AWOL

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Three months ago, in his State of the Union speech, President Obama announced a new task force to investigate mortgage fraud and bring some measure of relief to the 12 million American families who are either losing their homes or in danger of losing them.

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Bronx photo exhibit depicts poor living conditions for some in public housing

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Friday, March 30, 2012

A girl in a pink-painted bedroom sits on a bunkbed wearing an airmask over her nose, clutching a machine to help her breathe.

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Home Is Where the Mold Is

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Monday, July 4, 2011

Sarita Latchman, a vibrant 42-year-old mother and former parks worker, has a sound like a baby’s rattle at the back of her throat. Which is not surprising, as her apartment in the Jefferson Houses in East Harlem is speckled with soot-black mold. A thick carpet of it runs down her bathroom wall and across the ceiling of her children’s bedrooms. Rub it and the spores float, landing on sink tops and children’s hair. They also journey through Ms. Latchman’s nasal passageway into her lungs.

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