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Federal judge appoints watchdog to force NYCHA’s mold clean-up

A federal judge issued a court order Friday appointing an ombudsman to force the New York City Housing Authority to clean up its mold throughout the city. The order, signed by U.S. District Court Judge William Pauley, authorized the appointment of Cesar de Castro as ombudsman through 2021.
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Friday, September 20, 2019
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Councilman Ritchie Torres calls on judge to appoint NYCHA mold maestro

Where’s the ombudsman? Nearly a year after ordering NYCHA to take on an ombudsman to handle complaints of toxic mold plaguing the city’s beleaguered public housing system, a federal judge is yet to make the appointment.
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Friday, September 13, 2019
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César de Castro is NYCHA tenants' pick to solve the mold problem

NYCHA tenants are planning a rally to promote the appointment of César de Castro as an ombudsperson to oversee mold remediation and prevention in public housing ahead of a court hearing Friday to weigh candidates for the position.
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Thursday, September 12, 2019
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NYCHA has failed to fix nearly 60,000 mold complaints

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s embattled housing authority failed to fix nearly 60,000 of the leak and toxic mold complaints it received from tenants in recent months — roughly three in every five — despite spending six years under court orders requiring rapid fixes, new court filings show.
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Wednesday, September 11, 2019
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Tuesday, September 10, 2019
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NYCHA is de Blasio’s mess: The mayor is the responsible party for the poor state of public housing

NYCHA’s new chair, Gregory Russ, is starting this week. I have some advice for Russ: stay home. I’m a longtime public housing resident and I’ve watched Mayor de Blasio squander six years of time, money and leadership trying to turn around our crumbling, unhealthy and dangerous buildings, like the one I live in.
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Sunday, August 11, 2019
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New York’s Public Housing Isn’t Getting Better

Reports from a federal monitor and residents suggest the city needs a new approach to fixing a crisis for hundreds of thousands of residents.
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Tuesday, July 30, 2019
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Seniors Get Angry About Broken Promises for Affordable Housing in NYC

David K. Brawley, pastor of St. Paul Community Baptist Church in Brooklyn, did not mince words when he stepped up to the podium in front of 1,400 protestors on Wednesday. “The indictment has been given” he shouted. “It is now time to tell you what the charge is against this man … The charge is betrayal.” The crowd erupted into cheers. “Bill de Blasio,” Brawley continued, “you have betrayed the seniors of New York City. You ran on a platform to close the gap between the tale of two cities, and since you have been mayor it has only gotten exponentially worse. You have betrayed black and brown people, you have betrayed the working poor, you have betrayed our people.”
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Friday, June 14, 2019
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The Bill comes due: One year later, seniors have had it with de Blasio for breaking a promise on housing; we echo their anger

Angry seniors today raise hell against a mayor who a year ago made them a promise to build $500 million in new affordable senior housing, then turned his back and flew to Iowa to sell his brand of progressivism on the national market.
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Wednesday, June 12, 2019
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Politics News Cops and public housing tenants mock Mayor Bill de Blasio at protest in front of Good Morning America

The police union and public housing tenants don’t agree on much. But one slogan unites them: No, no, de Blasio.
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Thursday, May 16, 2019
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Cientos de inquilinos le exigen a Bill de Blasio que cumpla con los 500 millones de dólares que prometió para NYCHA

Frente a la sede la Alcaldía, en el Bajo Manhattan, los manifestantes se dieron cita para unir sus voces y solicitar la construcción de más viviendas asequibles, tal y como lo prometió el mandatario local a miles de desamparados y personas de bajos recursos. Además, afirmaron que, si esto no se concreta, De Blasio debería renunciar.
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Thursday, May 16, 2019
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Vivienda para adultos mayores, una promesa que de Blasio no debe romper

NUEVA YORK.- Cientos de inquilinos de los complejos de NYCHA, en el Sur de El Bronx marcharon este sábado desde la Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepción a un lote vacío propiedad de NYCHA que está en la calle en 152 entre Courtland y Melrose, para instar al alcalde Bill de Blasio a cumplir su promesa de invertir $ 500 millones para construir viviendas asequibles para personas de la tercera edad.
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Saturday, April 27, 2019
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De Blasio Slammed for Leaving Senior Housing Funds Out of Budget

A year after Mayor Bill de Blasio stood on the steps of City Hall and promised $500 million to build senior citizen housing on public lots, his administration this week quietly conceded the money was not put in his budget, THE CITY has learned.
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Wednesday, April 10, 2019
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What Bill thinks he said: De Blasio shrugs off a commitment to build thousands of units of senior housing

Mayor de Blasio committed $500 million to Metro-IAF’s plan for building new apartments for seniors, starting with six already identified NYCHA and Housing Preservation and Development sites where money could be spent and units put up quickly. Or at least that’s what the community group says.
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Sunday, March 31, 2019
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Bill's senior moment: De Blasio balks on a commitment made to elderly public housing residents

Back in the summer, under pressure from NYCHA tenant groups and members of the clergy, Mayor de Blasio and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson brokered a budget deal that included a crucial commitment: a half-billion dollars to build public housing for seniors on vacant city land.
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Monday, March 18, 2019
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De Blasio built a house of cards: How the city's affordable housing plan has failed to meet the challenge

One of the oldest techniques that people in power use when faced with a profound and unresolved challenge, or an outright defeat, is to declare victory and exit. Nixon did it at the end of Vietnam. George W. Bush did it in Iraq. And Mayor de Blasio — through his outgoing deputy mayor in charge of housing, Alicia Glen — did it last week in the midst of the ongoing homelessness and NYCHA debacles.
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Thursday, January 31, 2019
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Our Lady of Sorrows Builds Community One Person at a Time

e parish council at Our Lady of Sorrows outlined its plan for 2019 at its meeting before Christmas to continue strengthening its parish community by building 1-on-1 relationships for parishioners. “At our last parish council meeting, we said, ‘Let’s not take on a new initiative,’” said Father Thomas McNamara, O.F.M. Cap., pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows for a year. “Let’s focus on what we’ve been doing and build relationships. We need to know each other, our neighbors, figure how we can help each other and build our parish by getting to know people. It gets integrated into all of our parish events.
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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

A NYCHA mold lawsuit from 2013 gets a revised settlement approved

U.S. District Court Judge William Pauley III approved a revised settlement agreement Thursday between NYCHA and residents with asthma who signed onto a 2013 class action lawsuit accusing the public housing authority of failing to eradicate mold.
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Sarina Trangle
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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Judge who rejected NYCHA monitor deal approves much narrower plan addressing only toxic mold

The judge who rejected a proposed plan to impose a federal monitor to handle NYCHA’s many problems Thursday gave a thumbs up to a much narrower plan that focuses only on one persistent issue – toxic mold.
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Greg B. Smith
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Thursday, November 29, 2018
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“Mi apartamento casi me mata”: residente de NYCHA

En el 2002, Santiaga Sánchez lloraba la pérdida de su esposo sentada en la sala de un pequeño apartamento de una habitación en Parkchester, El Bronx. A su lado sus tres hijos escuchaban los lamentos de preocupación: sin su esposo, no había dinero para pagar una vivienda.
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José Martínez
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Friday, November 23, 2018
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Something In The Air: Battling Mold in NYCHA

According to the New York City Department of Health, about 170,000 children in New York City suffer from asthma. While, many of these cases are affected by air quality, one family is dealing with pollutants inside their home.
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Natalie Migliore
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Thursday, October 11, 2018
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AdTech Ad NYCHA tenants testify in federal court

As NYCHA’s ongoing saga continues, residents living in public housing continue their plea for the city to fix the numerous problems
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Cyril Josh Barker
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Thursday, October 4, 2018
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NYCHA residents describe living conditions at court hearing

NYCHA residents and advocates got a chance to have their voices heard during a hearing Wednesday on the horrendous living conditions at public housing complexes across the city.
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Wednesday, September 26, 2018
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NYCHA Residents Decry Living Conditions

Hundreds of New York City Housing Authority residents testified in federal court in Manhattan Wednesday, decrying the persistent problems inside their homes, from lead paint to moldy walls, and heat and water issues.
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Katie Honan and Melanie Grayce West
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Wednesday, September 26, 2018
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Inquilinos testifican en Corte Federal sobre “condiciones inhumanas” en NYCHA

Digna Castillo, una inmigrante hondureña que lleva más de 25 años residiendo en un edificio de NYCHA en El Bronx, vive preocupada por el deterioro que, asegura, está consumiendo su apartamento. Ella ha reparado por su cuenta algunos de los desperfectos porque, según explica, oficiales de la Agencia de Vivienda Pública de la Ciudad no le contestan sus quejas.
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José Martínez
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Wednesday, September 26, 2018
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NYCHA Residents Testify In Court Hearing On Living Conditions

Hundreds of NYCHA residents packed into a Lower Manhattan courtroom Wednesday to testify during a hearing on the disastrous living conditions at public housing complexes across the city.
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Wednesday, September 26, 2018
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Dozens of NYCHA tenants beg judge to help fix troubled agency as mom of murdered teen says it refuses to transfer her to new place

One by one they came forward in the high-ceiling courtroom, public housing tenants pleading with Manhattan Federal Judge William Pauley for help to finally fix the long-troubled agency known as NYCHA.
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Greg B. Smith
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Wednesday, September 26, 2018
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Local Activists Buy 'Gun Stock' To Hold Former Smith & Wesson Company Accountable To Community

American Outdoor Brands Corporation, the gun company formerly known as Smith & Wesson, held its annual shareholders’ meeting Tuesday. The meeting was webcast, but in Hamden and Bridgeport, a group of unusual shareholders met at local houses of worship to listen. These shareholders are shaking things up.
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Ryan Lindsey
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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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Gun control advocates put money where their message is — lock, stock and barrel

In this case, political power isn’t growing out of the barrel of a gun. It’s coming from growing a stock portfolio.
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Manny Ramos
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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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Police chiefs, clergy to gunmaker: Cut shootings by making guns safer [Opinion]

Pardon the word choice, but there is no magic bullet for ending America’s gun violence epidemic. No single approach or group has the power, by itself, to achieve meaningful reductions in gun-related deaths. Multiple approaches are needed, with leadership from every sector.
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Art Acevedo, Anthony Bennett, Thomas Manger and David Lyon
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Monday, September 24, 2018
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