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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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End the domestic arms race now

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Monday, December 8, 2014

In the wake of prosecutors’ failures to win indictments in Staten Island and Ferguson, and the killings by police of young people of color in East New York and Cleveland, we propose a new deal between our communities and the men and women of urban police departments: (click link for more)

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Why Living-Wage Laws Are Not Enough—and Minimum-Wage Laws Aren’t Either

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I am a lifelong organizer—in labor and community settings—and am proud to say that I helped spearhead the living-wage campaign in Baltimore twenty years ago this fall. Our campaign was led by the religious leaders of BUILD—Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development, an affiliate of the Industrial Areas Foundation—along with a team of determined low-wage service workers. While we received support from the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), this effort was conceived, planned, implemented and owned by local civic and clergy leaders alongside local workers. We won in Baltimore. Then, two years later, with almost no support from organized labor, we won in New York City. And we found that we had sparked a wave of living wage battles in cities and counties across the country that continues to this day. (click link for more)



 

Religious leaders push for changes in gun industry

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Urging more dialogue from gun manufacturers, a group of religious leaders backed by more than 60 municipalities – including some in North Jersey – brought their message directly to the Manhattan doorstep of one of the gun industry's biggest financial supporters on Monday, but left disappointed. The group, Do Not Stand Idly By, tried to deliver a letter to the chief executive of Cerberus Capital Management, a private equity firm with investments in two major gun manufacturers. In six states, teams from the group delivered “requests for information” to seven major gun manufacturers, hoping to learn more about the companies’ distribution practices and efforts to improve gun safety technology. (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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Advocates: NYC municipal ID would help immigrants

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - Backers of a proposed New York City municipal ID card said Wednesday that the card would help immigrants, non-drivers and others who may have difficulty obtaining government-issued identification.

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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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More than 2,000 attend meeting with de Blasio at Brooklyn Bridge Marriott

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Friday, April 4, 2014

More than 2,000 faith and community leaders working with the Metro Industrial Areas Foundation filled ballrooms at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge on Sunday for an assembly to accelerate efforts to improve the standard of living for their fellow New Yorkers. Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is familiar with the work of Metro IAF, kept his commitment to attend and respond to the needs addressed at the assembly.



 

'Breathless' part 1

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Six-year old Amanda, who lives in Brownsville, New York and 12-year old Melissa, who lives in East Harlem, New York are struggling with the disease. Their parents, who are desperately trying to alleviate their suffering, and are about to make a devastating discovery.

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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

Publication Date: 
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

Publication Date: 
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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Romney must stop running from Romneycare

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Monday, August 20, 2012

In 2006, then-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney helped save the lives of two sick women: Tammy Stafford and Lavern Barnes. If we lived in the era of silent films, Stafford and Barnes would be tied to train tracks and resigned to their fates. Then the governor and his deputies would ride in, vanquish the varmints who put the ladies there and release them just before the train roared through.

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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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