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Tenants, advocates call for NYCHA's Shola Olatoye to quit

Frustrated tenants and advocates rallied outside City Hall Thursday, calling for NYCHA Chairwoman Shola Olatoye to step down.
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GREG B. SMITH
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Friday, June 26, 2015
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Calls for NYCHA Head’s Ouster Say de Blasio is to Blame

Angry residents and faith leaders joined forces Thursday to call for the resignation of Shola Olatoye, chairwoman of New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). On the steps of City Hall under a bright sun, hundreds of members of Metro Industrial Areas Foundation called for a "shake up" at NYCHA, demanding that Mayor de Blasio keep his promises to New York City’s most vulnerable population
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Batya Ungar-Sargon
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Thursday, June 25, 2015
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Need for major renovations keeps NYCHA units vacant for years: audit

Almost 300,000 New Yorkers are on the waiting list for a spot inside a New York City Housing Authority Building yet hundreds of apartments remain vacant, some for more than 10 years. But NYCHA says vacancy rates are the lowest in a decade and that it can’t make the necessary repairs without the necessary funding.
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JOE MAUCERI
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Thursday, June 25, 2015
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Congregations Call on De Blasio to Shake Up NYCHA

Konrad Aderer joins Brownsville pastor Father Ed Mason and hundreds of city housing residents and faith leaders from Metro IAF as they take to the steps of City Hall to call on Mayor de Blasio to take charge of NYCHA, the dysfunctional New York City agency in charge of public housing
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Thursday, June 25, 2015
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Mr. Mayor, step up & fix NYCHA: In dilapidated buildings, residents wait and wait for repairs

Mayor de Blasio professes to care about public housing far more than his predecessor did. It is time for him to take ownership over the conditions that plague thousands upon thousands of souls trapped in NYCHA buildings — leaky roofs, moldy bathrooms, unsafe lobbies and filthy elevators. These problems are long-term, sometimes life-threatening, and in many cases getting worse under his watch.
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REV. DAVID K. BRAWLEY , REV. FRANCIS SKELLY
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Thursday, June 25, 2015
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Tenants, churches want NYCHA boss to resign over lack of repairs

A coalition of churches and public housing tenants frustrated by perceived inaction by NYCHA plans to call for the agency’s chairwoman to step down
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GREG B. SMITH
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015
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A chancellor’s challenge: In Daily News forums, Carmen Fariña displays experience and knowledge galore, but her plans may not be bold enough to answer parents' urgent need for better schools

Jessica Franco Ramos of Bushwick has a daughter who’s excelling at a public charter school — and a younger brother struggling at a traditional district school. Derrick Calder, of the South Bronx, pulled his daughter Jodie out of a public school, IS 318, where fights filled the halls and bullying was rampant. In a Catholic school, she found refuge at a cost of $4,000 a year. Celia Velasquez, a Bronx grandmother, was thrilled to discover that her grandson aced the gifted and talented test — earning admission, at least in theory, to a local program that would challenge him. But District 7, the city’s lowest-performing district, has none. She sends the young boy to a school 40 minutes away.
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Sunday, May 31, 2015
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Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña takes questions from parents, educators at packed Bronx forum

From a mother's worries over failing schools to a teacher’s push for mental health services, the city schools boss opened her inbox to more than 500 concerned parents and educators at a packed town hall forum Thursday in the Bronx.
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LAURA BULT , DENIS SLATTERY
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Friday, May 29, 2015
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Q&A with Carmen Fariña from the town hall forum on city schools

Carmen Fariña answered questions from parents and educators at a town hall forum Thursday night. Here are a few of the topics covered: Q: “Can we get more counselors to help troubled students in our schools?” — Leton Hall, Bronx, teacher at Mott Hall Science and Technology Academy
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Friday, May 29, 2015
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Fariña: System overhaul will improve special-ed issues

The coming school-system overhaul will improve special education services for students, Chancellor Carmen Fariña promised Monday night.
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Sarah Darville
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015
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Carmen Fariña answers tough questions about NYC schools at ‘Fight for Their Future’ forum

Parents, teachers and concerned education advocates packed the room Monday night at a “Fight for Their Future” forum attended by city Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. About a half-dozen parents selected by the co-hosts, the Daily News and Metro IAF, a community group, questioned the boss of the nation’s largest school system about the real-life issues families face in the public schools.
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LAURA BULT , BEN CHAPMAN
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Monday, May 18, 2015
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Parents, education workers express concerns about NYC schools at 'Fight for Their Future' forum

The mother of a 5-year-old boy with special needs, Patterson quit her job to devote herself to getting her child the best education possible. She started a business called “Decoding Special Needs” and carries binders of information with her to meetings with Education Department officials to discuss her son’s Individualized Education Program, or IEP. She complains veteran DOE decision makers for IEP fail to show up to meetings and that, when they do, they are often unaware of what services are available.
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Monday, May 18, 2015
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Edward Chambers, Community Organizing’s Unforgiving Hero

On a June night in 1978, a community organizer named Edward Chambers drove through the shattered bricks and waist-high weeds of the Brooklyn neighborhood of Brownsville, finding his way along streets that no longer had signs. He was expected at a nearby Lutheran church by a group of local clergy. Its members had reached out to Chambers, a disciple of Saul Alinsky, in the hope that he could help them rescue a section of New York so devastated that Boston’s mayor, on a visit, had declared it “the beginning of the end of our civilization.”
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SAMUEL G. FREEDMAN
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Wednesday, May 6, 2015
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Edward Chambers, Early Leader in Community Organizing, Dies at 85

Edward T. Chambers, a lapsed seminarian who succeeded Saul Alinsky as leader of Mr. Alinsky’s social justice foundation, advancing his radical agenda of community organizing and grounding its progressive objectives in the Gospels, died on April 26 at a nursing home near his home in Drimoleague, Ireland. He was 85.
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SAM ROBERTS
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Friday, May 1, 2015
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Tenants want judge to force NYCHA to clean up mold at public housing

Public housing tenants asked a judge Wednesday to step in and make the Housing Authority comply with a year-old vow to clean up nasty mold from apartments.
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GREG B. SMITH
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Thursday, April 23, 2015
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NYC Public Housing: Fixing a Leak with a Bucket

At Maria Santana’s public housing apartment on New York’s Upper West Side, dirty, black water has periodically poured in from the walls, from the pipes, from the radiator. She says the problems started two years ago. “It’s so much water, it looks like it’s raining in here. I am scared,” Santana said. She has placed buckets throughout her apartment. Her couch is covered in plastic to keep it from getting wet.
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Marian Wang
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Friday, April 3, 2015
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Tenants: De Blasio Needs Bigger NYCHA Role

When the head of the New York City Housing Authority met with residents at a chapel in Brownsville on Tuesday night, there were questions about failing radiators, missing kitchen sinks, moldy walls, broken doors, pigeon excrement and more. These were all part of a more general question: A year into his administration, to what extent is Mayor de Blasio accountable for the continuing maintenance woes at NYCHA, which has been shortchanged by all levels of government for at least a decade?
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Batya Ungar-Sargon
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015
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NYCHA Tenants Pack Brownsville Church to Demand Repairs

Standing at the pulpit, Nancy Baptiste led her congregation in reciting not amens or hymns, but the number most public housing tenants have committed to memory: 7-1-8-7-0-7-7-7-7-1 That’s the phone number New York City Housing Authority, or NYCHA, tenants call when something needs to be fixed. Too often, Baptiste said, no one shows up, the wrong work gets done, or the maintenance crew makes the problem worse.
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ALLEGRA ABRAMO, JULIA ALSOP & MARÍA VILLASEÑOR
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015
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NYCHA not obeying order to fix mold in hundreds of units, tenants' lawyers say

The housing authority is in “systemic noncompliance” with a court-ordered agreement to clean up the toxic mold that infests so many aging apartments, attorneys for tenants say. A year ago NYCHA entered into a federal consent decree, promising to abate mold in hundreds of apartments where tenants with asthma live to avoid a lawsuit under the Americans with Disabilities Ac
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GREG B. SMITH
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Saturday, March 14, 2015
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Mr. Mayor, here’s how it’s done: Lessons from the affordable housing frontlines

Mayor de Blasio has made the creation of higher density apartments in East New York the centerpiece of his housing agenda. Oddly, his administration never bothered to ask us for our thoughts on its plans to build on the work we’ve been succesfully doing there for 30 years.
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REV. DAVID K. BRAWLEY , FR. ED MASON
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Monday, February 23, 2015
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1 in 3 city Housing Authority tenants say mold returns after NYCHA claims it's fixed

One in three city Housing Authority tenants say mold in their apartments returns even after NYCHA claims the problem is fixed, according to a city investigation. The ineffectiveness of dozens of these court-ordered “repairs” emerges in an internal report by the city Department of Investigation obtained under the Freedom of Information law by the Daily News. (click link for more)
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Greg B. Smith
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Sunday, December 21, 2014
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Mold still a growing problem for hundreds of NYCHA tenants a year after promise of fixes

Ten-year-old James Ford, who suffers from asthma, has been in and out of the hospital this school year — missing nearly 30 days at Public School 138 in the Bronx. And instead of doing the things boys generally do on the weekends, the public housing resident is taking classes on Saturdays just to finish fifth grade on time.(click link for more)
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Allegra Abramo , Gwynne Hogan , Greg B. Smith
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Sunday, December 14, 2014
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Religious leaders push for changes in gun industry

Urging more dialogue from gun manufacturers, a group of religious leaders backed by more than 60 municipalities – including some in North Jersey – brought their message directly to the Manhattan doorstep of one of the gun industry's biggest financial supporters on Monday, but left disappointed. The group, Do Not Stand Idly By, tried to deliver a letter to the chief executive of Cerberus Capital Management, a private equity firm with investments in two major gun manufacturers. In six states, teams from the group delivered “requests for information” to seven major gun manufacturers, hoping to learn more about the companies’ distribution practices and efforts to improve gun safety technology. (click link for more)
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ANDREW WYRICH
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014
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End the domestic arms race now

In the wake of prosecutors’ failures to win indictments in Staten Island and Ferguson, and the killings by police of young people of color in East New York and Cleveland, we propose a new deal between our communities and the men and women of urban police departments: (click link for more)
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Rev. David Brawley , Rev. Patrick O'connor
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Monday, December 8, 2014
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Why Living-Wage Laws Are Not Enough—and Minimum-Wage Laws Aren’t Either

I am a lifelong organizer—in labor and community settings—and am proud to say that I helped spearhead the living-wage campaign in Baltimore twenty years ago this fall. Our campaign was led by the religious leaders of BUILD—Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development, an affiliate of the Industrial Areas Foundation—along with a team of determined low-wage service workers. While we received support from the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), this effort was conceived, planned, implemented and owned by local civic and clergy leaders alongside local workers. We won in Baltimore. Then, two years later, with almost no support from organized labor, we won in New York City. And we found that we had sparked a wave of living wage battles in cities and counties across the country that continues to this day. (click link for more)
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Jonathan Lange
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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Build senior housing with surplus billions

With Albany preoccupied with an election that inspires no one outside of the capitol bubble and with City Hall distracted by an inability to deal with a staffing crisis of its own making, it might seem foolhardy to expect the city and state’s top political leaders to look 20 years ahead. But that’s what the distracted mayor and preoccupied governor must do if a deepening crisis in senior housing and senior services is to be averted. (click link for more)
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Rev. David K. Brawley , Rev. Getúlio Cruz
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Sunday, October 26, 2014
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Groups Prod NYCHA to Keep Promises on Mold

East Harlem — It’s been six months since two community groups and the New York Housing Authority signed a landmark settlement agreement to address mold and moisture problems in public housing units and three months since a federal judge ordered the new rules into effect. (click link for more)
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Ken Thorbourne
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014
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Advocates: NYC municipal ID would help immigrants

NEW YORK (AP) - Backers of a proposed New York City municipal ID card said Wednesday that the card would help immigrants, non-drivers and others who may have difficulty obtaining government-issued identification. (click link for more)
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Wednesday, April 30, 2014
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Bill the Builder

When Mayor de Blasio appeared last Sunday before 2,200 leaders from Metro Industrial Areas Foundation, he was already beginning to pivot away from his bruising, but successful, struggle to secure pre-K funding and to talk about other important issues, housing being the most prominent. (click link for more)
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Sunday, April 6, 2014
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More than 2,000 attend meeting with de Blasio at Brooklyn Bridge Marriott

More than 2,000 faith and community leaders working with the Metro Industrial Areas Foundation filled ballrooms at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge on Sunday for an assembly to accelerate efforts to improve the standard of living for their fellow New Yorkers. Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is familiar with the work of Metro IAF, kept his commitment to attend and respond to the needs addressed at the assembly. (click link for more)
Author: 
Francesca Norsen-Tate
Publication Date: 
Friday, April 4, 2014

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