Bill de Blasio Appoints Members of Housing ‘Dream Team’

Mayor Bill de Blasio and his new NYCHA Chair Shola Olatoye.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and his new NYCHA Chair Shola Olatoye. (Photo: NY1 screengrab)

Mayor Bill de Blasio this afternoon rolled out the members of his housing team, promising a “total reset” of the previous administration’s approach to public housing.

Shola Olatoye will serve as the new chair of the New York City Housing Authority, Cecil House will continue to serve as NYCHA’s general manager, Vicki Been will head the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, and Gary Rodney will serve as president of the Housing Development Corporation, Mr. de Blasio announced at a press conference at the Lincoln Houses in Harlem. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Appoints Members of Housing ‘Dream Team’”

Is NYCHA’s Land Lease Plan Dead? Housing Authority Does Not Intend to Designate Sites Before de Blasio Takes Office

The New York City Housing Authority’s controversial land lease plan, in which the cash-strapped agency would have raised direly needed repair funds by building market rate apartments on public housing land, looks unlikely to become a reality, at least in the form proposed by the current administration.

Today NYCHA announced that despite receiving promising proposals for 11 of the 14 possible development sites in six of eight housing projects, it does not expect to move to a conditional designation of any of the sites until 2014, after Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a staunch supporter of the plan, is out of office.
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Mayor Bloomberg Says City Should Fingerprint Public Housing Residents

Mayor Bloomberg. (Photo: Getty)
Mayor Bloomberg. (Photo: Getty)

In a bid to boost security at public housing complexes, Mayor Michael Bloomberg this morning suggested fingerprinting residents so they can access their homes.

“What we really should have is fingerprinting to get in. And of course there’s an allegation that some of these apartments aren’t occupied by the people who originally have the lease,” said Mr. Bloomberg during his weekly radio sit-down with WOR’s John Gambling.

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