Thursday, January 16, 2020
On January 9, at Queensbridge North we hosted our Queens Community Meeting. We heard from NYCHA residents, elected officials’ staff and the community about how we can achieve decent, safe and sanitary housing conditions as per the January 31 Agreement. Community meetings are a part of our work on the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) to solicit feedback regarding the Agreement.
We reported on NYCHA’s allocation of $50 million for cleaning vents, which have not been cleaned in years and continue to exacerbate mold growth. We informed the residents about NYCHA’s creation of a completely new and centralized Waste Management Department, which will include pest control. Also, we discussed the developments slated to receive new boilers and elevators as part of the $450 Million in state reimbursement funds. (Read the Action Plan for new boilers and elevators we approved in November here.)
Most importantly, we heard from the residents who expressed their concerns and suggestions on where NYCHA can make improvements, and talked about the responsibilities of residents in their individual units, buildings and developments. We will incorporate these into our ongoing discussions with NYCHA. The audio of the meeting will be available shortly.
We will hold our next Community Advisory Committee working meeting on Thursday, February 11, 2020, at 6:30 PM. It will be streamed live here and accessible by phone. In the meantime, our Third Quarterly Report will be released at the end of the month and we will hold our next Community Meeting at a NYCHA development in the Bronx. Please continue to check our website for updates.
Very truly yours,
Bart M. Schwartz
Federal Monitor appointed pursuant to Agreement dated January 31, 2019