The Battle of NYCHA

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Governor Cuomo recently issued an executive order asserting a state of emergency at NYCHA. The governor says the state will provide hundreds of millions of dollars to make necessary immediate repairs to New York City’s public housing stock, and has appointed an independent monitor to oversee the hiring of private contractors. Going outside NYCHA’s disastrously dysfunctional maintenance workforce is probably a good idea, but the housing authority’s problems run deep and will likely require further intervention. 

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Dream: The dream of public housing was that the absence of a profit motive would somehow ensure perpetual upkeep of the infrastructure. Read more.

  2. Infill: Building market-rate housing on NYCHA property in order to generate income is probably the best long-term plan for New York public housing. Read more.

  3. Funds: NYCHA needs at least $26 billion to get its buildings into good repair. Read more.




“Delivering money to NYCHA is like throwing money out the window.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

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The Past is Present

Preaching to the Choir on Housing By Nicole Gelinas (January 28, 2013)

“At last week’s debate, New York’s mayoral candidates sang the same old chorus.”

And in other news...

“The department has tapped engineering firm AECOM to look at potential changes that would boost ridership on Long Island Rail Road and Metro North lines running within the five boroughs.”