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12.27.13 Andy Cush

In an effort to downsize the budget of the cash-strapped New York City Housing Authority, which runs public housing in the city, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio plans to end longstanding regular payments from NYCHA to the NYPD. The payments, totaling about $70 million per year, pay for the NYPD to assign officers to regularly patrol […]

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12.17.13 Andy Cush

Faced with a federal class-action lawsuit from residents of public housing, the New York City Housing Authority has agreed to more efficiently deal with complaints of mold growing in apartments. According to the lawsuit, the city has allowed problems to persist in apartments where tenants make complaints, often dealing with existing mold without attacking the […]

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10.11.13 Andy Cush

If Mayor Bloomberg and New York City Housing Authority chair John Rhea get there way, land at eight Manhattan public housing complexes will be leased to developers to build luxury apartments. City Council, along with NYCHA tenants and the Legal Aid Society, is suing in an attempt to block that from happening. The plan would […]

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01.03.13 Andy Cush

Though the New York City Housing Authority touts its “green agenda,” advertising a commitment “to providing safe, affordable housing for more than 400,000 residents in a cost efficient and environmentally conscious manner,” many of the city’s public housing residents say that isn’t the case. Ashley Paniagua, for example, tried to plant gardens on the lawns of Harlem’s Manhattanville […]

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06.12.12 Andy Cush

New York City’s well-documented homelessness problem appears to only be getting worse. According to Steven Cohen, executive director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute, over the past two years, the number of homeless individuals in the City rose from 35,500 to 43,000, while the number of homeless children grew from 14,500 to 17,000. Cohen argues that […]

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