People wear protective masks at Brooklyn’s Marcy Houses. Photo: Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY Need to know more…
New York City Housing Authority’s 178,000 units spanning The Bronx and all the 5 boroughs of our city are in deplorable conditions.
There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that having to live in such conditions has negative impacts on families who are simply trying to get by.
Now, United States Attorney Preet Bharara’s office is, “…conducting a sweeping investigation of environmental health and safety conditions, including cases of elevated blood lead levels, in public housing and homeless shelters and the possibility that the New York City housing and homeless agencies filed false claims to federal housing officials for payment related to the conditions.” according to the New York Times.
On Bronx AM Links we have stories on standing proud of being from the South Bronx, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and how she almost pulled away from the confirmation process, and Councilmember Ritchie Torres on controversial plans for New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) plans for infill at public housing to create market rate and “affordable” housing on its properties.
Meet Crystal, Felix and Victor of 370 East 153rd Street, a NYCHA building in Melrose. These family members have been tired of looking at the poor condition of the landscaping around their building and have decided to take matters into their own hands.