NYC comptroller to NYCHA: Winter is coming

The ongoing threat of COVID during the coming cold months means the city Housing Authority should speed up improvements to ventilation and other projects, city Comptroller Scott Stringer said Monday.

He called on NYCHA to expedite “capital projects that address chronic issues across New York City’s 326 public housing developments — from poor ventilation and elevator outages to broken boilers and mold outbreaks — that will become even more dangerous when colder weather keeps residents indoors.”

Finding that seven of every 100 residents at “certain senior-only developments” were infected with COVID last spring, Stringer said defunct ventilation systems and outage-prone elevators violate safety guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“I am concerned that NYCHA’s poor state of repair, amounting to more than $40 billion in unmet capital needs, will result in unsafe conditions for residents,” Stringer wrote Mayor de Blasio and New York City Housing Authority Chairman Gregory Russ.

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