Statement on the Selection of a Management Consultant

Friday, May 31, 2019

The January 31 Agreement that appointed me as the Monitor mandates that institutional changes be made to NYCHA. It requires the City of New York to engage a third-party management consultant selected jointly by the City and the Monitor. Per the Agreement, “the consultant shall examine NYCHA’s systems, policies, procedures, and management and personnel structures, and make recommendations to the City, NYCHA, and the Monitor to improve the areas examined.”

The Monitor and the City of New York have selected KPMG, a management consulting firm, along with a sub-consultant to KPMG, Bronner Group. KPMG, along with Bronner Group, are responsible for delivering “a final report and recommendations to the City, NYCHA, and the Monitor, with copies to HUD, EPA, and SDNY no later than a deadline to be set by the Monitor.” At this time, that deadline has not yet been determined. The consultant’s recommendations will be used by the Monitor and NYCHA to collaboratively prepare an “Organizational Plan” setting forth improvements to NYCHA’s management, organizational, and workforce structure (including work rules), and overarching policies necessary or appropriate to achieve sustained compliance with NYCHA’s obligations under this Agreement.

Read more about the Organizational Plan on pages 10-11 of the Agreement here.

Statement on the Release of the First Quarterly Report

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The Agreement between the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the New York City Housing Authority, and the City of New York requires that the Monitor releases the first quarterly report after June 30, 2019, which is defined in the Agreement as at the close of the first calendar quarter from the date that the monitorship began. The first report will be delivered on or before July 19, 2019 and it will be made publicly available on this website.

Statement on the First Community Advisory Committee Meeting

Wednesday, May 16, 2019

This week, on Tuesday May 14, the first Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting took place at the Ingersoll Community Center in Brooklyn. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the members of the CAC for their participation. The CAC will provide me with feedback throughout the duration of the monitorship on my achieving the purpose of the Agreement. I look forward to working with the CAC towards achieving better living conditions for all NYCHA residents.

The members of the CAC are listed here.

I began the meeting by explaining what my role as the monitor entails, which includes identifying and providing recommendations for addressing the systemic issues that are hampering NYCHA’s ability to deliver quality services to residents. Next, as a CAC member, HUD Administrator Lynne Patton communicated her passion for improving NYCHA housing after seeing the distress experienced by so many residents during her visits earlier this year. All the CAC members gave an overview of the value they expect to bring to the committee and the top concerns about NYCHA that they want to address.

This was followed by remarks from Dennis Walsh, the member of my team responsible for assessing issues related to lead and mold. The event concluded with a Q&A session with the over 150 NYCHA residents who attended. We received many questions, comments, and concerns about NYCHA failing to complete repairs in a timely fashion. This is a widespread issue throughout all the developments and has pointed us to the Maximo work order system. Addressing how to improve the functioning of the work order system will be of great benefit of the residents.

I want to extend a special thank you to all the NYCHA residents that attended this first meeting. I also want to thank the community organizations and elected officials that joined us to extend their support for the residents. Broad stakeholder, resident, and community input is instrumental to the CAC being effective. The next CAC meeting is scheduled for July. We’ll post the date and location when it’s confirmed.

Bart M. Schwartz

Federal Monitor appointed pursuant to Agreement dated January 31, 2019

You can listen to a recording of the First Community Advisory Committee Meeting here.

The first CAC meeting, which took place on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 6:30 pm at the Ingersoll Community Center, 177 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn.

Statement on the Search for NYCHA CEO

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

From my vantage point, the Mayor and the federal authorities have been working conscientiously to find the right candidate to be the CEO of NYCHA. I’d rather see the short term deadline extended, as it has been,  than have them compromise on the person selected,  simply to meet a self-imposed deadline. The federal authorities have assured me that I will meet with the candidate or candidates before any final decision is made.

Bart M. Schwartz

Federal Monitor appointed pursuant to Agreement dated January 31, 2019

Statement from the Monitor

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

I want to extend my heartfelt condolences to the family of the six victims who died tragically in a fire today at the Frederick E. Samuel Houses. I also offer my sympathies to the injured, to the residents of the building impacted by the trauma of this tragic loss of life and to the entire NYCHA community.

Bart M. Schwartz

Federal Monitor appointed pursuant to Agreement dated January 31, 2019

First Community Advisory Committee (CAC) Meeting

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

I am pleased to inform you that I have formed a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) as required by the January 31 Agreement. The CAC will consist of invited stakeholders who will provide input on my achieving the purpose of the Agreement that appointed me as the federal Monitor over NYCHA. Read the Agreement here.

The stakeholders who will sit on the CAC will be drawn from NYCHA residents, community organizations, advocacy groups, NYCHA employees and their representatives, elected officials, and others who have a common interest in helping to improve the conditions and services at NYCHA. Instead of meeting quarterly, as suggested by the Agreement, I will convene a CAC meeting every other month and at least once in each borough every 12 months.

CAC meetings will be open to the public and when the day’s agenda concludes all attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of its members.

There are a wide variety of requirements in the Agreement that NYCHA itself will need to meet, and which I am working to see met, all to achieve a singular goal – to improve the living conditions for NYCHA residents and ensure that it can achieve sustained compliance. To that end, the Agreement requires me to convene a CAC whose purpose is to solicit input from the stakeholders regarding the achievement of the Agreement’s purpose. This is why I look forward to hearing from all of you about how we can work together to achieve that goal.

I am continuing to organize conference calls with resident leaders, visit individual developments and attend resident association meetings and meetings with community organizations, for the same purpose as that of the CAC – to solicit feedback and input. So far, my team and I have visited over two dozen developments in all five boroughs and spoke to over 100 Resident Association Presidents, and we will continue to do so throughout the monitorship until we visit every development and speak to every single Association President.

The first CAC meeting which will take place on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 6:30 pm at the Ingersoll Community Center, 177 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn.

Very truly yours,

Bart M. Schwartz

Federal Monitor appointed pursuant to Agreement dated January 31, 2019

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
If you plan to attend the CAC meeting in person on behalf of an organization, a city/state/federal agency, department, or an elected official, please email us with your name and the name of the organization or office you are representing at monitor@nychamonitor.com. Residents and resident leaders do not need to RSVP, but are welcome to do so.

Please note that we can only accommodate as many attendees as the space can hold, on a first come first serve basis. The elderly and people with disabilities will be given preference. To that end, if you require an accommodation under The Americans with Disabilities Act or if you do not understand English, please email us or call us at 347.809.5555 with your name and the type of accommodation you would like to receive so that we can work on securing your attendance.

Please continue to check our website for updates about CAC meetings and the ongoing work of the federal Monitor.

Update from the Monitor

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Welcome to the NYCHA federal Monitor’s website. Since my appointment on February 28, 2019 as NYCHA federal Monitor, members of my team and I have spoken to numerous residents, organized conference calls with Tenant Association Presidents, attended Tenant Association meetings and visited individual developments to see the conditions residents are living in. In the coming weeks and months, I will continue this outreach to residents, and also meet with elected officials and other stakeholders.

Under the terms of the Agreement which appointed me, I will establish a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) consisting of NYCHA stakeholders including NYCHA's Resident Advisory Board, residents, community and employee representatives, senior NYCHA managers, and other relevant stakeholders to solicit input on helping achieve the Agreement's purpose. The first CAC meeting will occur before my first report is due on May 28, 2019. Although the Agreement requires that the CAC meet at least quarterly, I plan to convene these meetings every other month and each time in a different borough. That way, we will have six CAC meetings a year which maximizes resident and stakeholder participation and feedback as we work together towards achieving better living conditions for all NYCHA residents. Additional details about CAC will be forthcoming.

If you are interested in serving on the CAC or have recommendations for it, please email me at monitor@nychamonitor.com.

Bart M. Schwartz
Federal Monitor appointed pursuant to Agreement dated January 31, 2019

Statement from Bart M. Schwartz, NYCHA federal Monitor

Friday, March 1, 2019

Today, I officially assume my duties as the NYCHA Monitor. My singular focus is achieving decent, safe, and sanitary living conditions for NYCHA residents. The Agreement that was reached between HUD, the United States Southern District of New York and New York City establishes the blueprint for achieving these goals. I will begin by talking to residents and their representatives and visiting NYCHA developments.

I intend to work closely with NYCHA leadership and management in order to achieve the Agreement’s purpose. All the parties to the Agreement have expressed their support for it. I’ll also convene a Community Advisory Committee, and establish protocols for communicating with and soliciting comments from residents and other NYCHA stakeholders.

There are a wide variety of additional requirements in the Agreement that NYCHA will need to meet, and which I will be working to see met, all to achieve the same goal - improve the living conditions for NYCHA residents. We will listen to residents and their families whose lives are impacted by these problems. Our mission will be to address their concerns and needs by implementing solutions that provide meaningful improvements to the lives of NYCHA residents.