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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)
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Francesca Norsen-Tate
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Friday, April 4, 2014

'Breathless' part 1

Six-year old Amanda, who lives in Brownsville, New York and 12-year old Melissa, who lives in East Harlem, New York are struggling with the disease. Their parents, who are desperately trying to alleviate their suffering, and are about to make a devastating discovery. (click link for more)
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Monday, January 6, 2014
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NYCHA agrees to federal court’s supervision in apartment mold scandal

The New York Housing Authority has agreed to clean up mold and related The New York Housing Authority has agreed to clean up mold and related problems wThe New York Housing Authority has agreed to clean up mold and related problems within 15 days. US District Judge William Pauley will monitor NYCHA’s compliance for up to three years. (click news link below to read more)
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Greg B. Smith
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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A breath of fresh air

The landmark federal court settlement between City Hall and mold-plagued The landmark federal court settlement between City Hall and mold-plagued residents of the New York City Housing Authority is a stinging indictment of the horrors inflicted on tenants under the leadership of Chairman John Rhea. (click Link below to read more)
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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Facing Suit, New York City Agrees to Remove Mold in Public Housing More Quickly

The New York City Housing Authority will deal more quickly and more thoroughly with mold in its apartments as part of an agreement by the Bloomberg administration to settle a federal lawsuit by people living in housing projects and coping with asthma. (click link for more)
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MIREYA NAVARRO
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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New York City Housing Authority Agrees to Address Mold, Contributor to Asthma Epidemic

On New Year’s Eve last year, Rossana de la Cuadra wasn’t celebrating. She was in the hospital with her six-year-old daughter, Amanda Santos, who was experiencing yet another severe asthma attack. An inspection of the family’s apartment, in the city-owned Van Dyke building in East New York, Brooklyn, revealed a possible threat to Amanda’s health: heavy mold growth in the bathroom and moisture on the walls, including in Amanda’s bedroom. (click link for more)
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Peter Lehner
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
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Public housing complex must clean mold within 15 days

The New York City Housing Authority vowed yesterday to remove mold from asthmatics’ apartments at Brooklyn’s Van Dyke Houses as part of a lawsuit settlement. (click link for more)
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Mark Maurer
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
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NYC Housing Authority to come under judicial oversight over mold in apartments

EXCLUSIVE: The federal judicial intervention is seen as a step toward resolving NYCHA’s inability to tackle an issue that affects hundreds of tenants citywide. Tenants and their attorneys can now go directly to a judge to slap financial penalties on the agency if it doesn’t get the job done right. (click link for more)
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Greg B. Smith
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Monday, December 16, 2013
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Lawsuit Forces NYCHA To Remove Mold In Days, Not Months

A lawsuit and settlement agreement filed in federal court will force NYCHA to swiftly remove mold from public housing units. Previously the housing authority had painted over or bleached moldy walls, which caused residents with asthma and other respiratory ailments to suffer difficulty breathing, wheezing, hospitalization, and a proliferation of cockroaches and other vermin in their apartments. (click link for more)
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Christopher Robbins
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Monday, December 16, 2013
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NYC to Address Rampant Mold and Moisture Problems in Public Housing Following NRDC Lawsuit

The New York City Housing Authority will take majors steps to address the city’s severe and pervasive mold and moisture problem in its public housing stock, thanks to a settlement agreement reached today in a class action lawsuit filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the National Center for Law and Economic Justice on behalf of affected tenants. This is especially good news for residents with asthma, particularly children and the elderly, whose health has been suffering as a result of mold in their apartments. (click link for more)
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Monday, December 16, 2013
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Rev. John Grange, Who Welcomed Bronx’s Latinos, Dies at 73

The Rev. John Grange, a Spanish-speaking son of Irish-Americans who helped rebuild the impoverished South Bronx parish where he was raised into a more hospitable and promising place for Hispanic immigrants to New York City, died on Thursday in the Bronx. He was 73. (click link for more)
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ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS
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Thursday, October 17, 2013
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Public Housing Residents Claim NYCHA Just Paints Over Mold Problems

It’s a cry for help from residents of New York City public housing. Many have been complaining about mold in their city apartments for years, but charge the New York City Housing Authority never really confronts the problem.
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
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NYCHA's failure to stop reoccurring mold invasion spurs suit

On Tuesday, frustrated tenants will take action against the authority for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act — on the grounds that asthma is a disability.
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Greg B. Smith
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
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NYC Housing Authority boss John Rhea passed on fed funds

AT A BREAKFAST meeting last week, city Housing Authority Chairman John Rhea announced he was pursuing $500 million in federal funds for “desperately needed” roof and brickwork repairs. He didn’t mention that two years ago, he decided against going after the same pot of money because he didn’t have qualified staff to spend it wisely, the Daily News has learned.
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Greg B. Smith
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Monday, October 1, 2012
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