Stringer Calls on de Blasio, NYCHA to Protect Public Housing Residents Ahead of COVID Second Wave

The city’s top watchdog called on NYCHA Monday to fix long-squalid conditions in many of its 172,000 apartments — predicting public housing could become a Petri dish for the coronavirus as cold weather sets in.

Citing THE CITY’s reporting detailing poor ventilation in developments that have recorded high rates of COVID-19, Stringer accused NYCHA of sitting on millions of federal dollars that could address this and other critical problems as a possible second coronavirus wave approaches.

“We are on the brink of an emergency,” Stringer told reporters, standing outside the Martin Luther King Jr. Towers in Harlem.

“Winter is coming, folks. But we have no plan, we have no information, no accountability from NYCHA on how they intend to protect tenants from a second wave of COVID-19 in the colder months,” added Stringer, who is running for mayor.

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