‘Lighting Money on Fire’ as Mold and Rats Persist in New York Public Housing

The New York City Housing Authority, known as Nycha, spent almost $4 million to replace eight roofs at a Staten Island housing project — 10 years before the expiration of their warranty, which would have covered repairs for free.

That, at least, is according to a 62-page audit released on Friday by the city’s comptroller, Scott M. Stringer, whose office found the city has wasted millions on roof repairs that should have been free, and systematically failed to conduct maintenance to prevent leaks, mold and mildew.

“At a time when every penny counts, Nycha is essentially lighting money on fire by investing millions in roof repairs when it doesn’t have to,” Mr. Stringer said during a news conference at the Ingersoll Houses in Brooklyn.

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