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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Comptroller Battle Wages on as Spitzer Angles for the Public Housing Vote

Mr. Spitzer railing against NYCHA fingerprinting proposal.
Eliot Spitzer at today’s Frederick Douglass event.

It’s not just the mayor’s race that’s growing increasingly contentious.

At an Uptown campaign stop that was billed as former Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s first policy proposal announcement, the comptroller candidate toured the Frederick Douglass NYCHA housing complex before briefly criticizing Mayor Bloomberg’s controversial proposal to fingerprint all public housing residents–all the while mercilessly blasting his opponent.

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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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Al Sharpton Hosts a NYCHA Sleepover for Mayoral Hopefuls

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Al Sharpton walks with the mayoral candidates.

The five leading Democratic mayoral candidates–sleeping bags, gym shorts and bouquets in tow–spent last night sleeping in a Harlem public housing development, heeding Rev. Al Sharpton’s call to “dramatize” the many maladies residents of the city’s massive housing system face on a daily basis.

“We started hearing how people were ignored and I said the thing to do is, not only bring the candidates but to dramatize the issue. All of us stay in the development one night,” Mr. Sharpton said last night at the Lincoln Houses, a development nestled next to the East River. “One night’s not going to solve the problem. But one night is going to dramatize that there’s an issue because the media will have to going forward say, one of the central issues in this city is people in public housing.” Continue reading “Al Sharpton Hosts a NYCHA Sleepover for Mayoral Hopefuls”

Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn Seal Final Budget Deal With a Kiss

Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn kiss after announcing the budget agreement. (Photo: William Alatriste New York City Council)
Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn kiss after announcing the budget agreement. (Photo: William Alatriste/New York City Council)

For one, it marked the end of an era, his last governing document over the finances of the city he’s run for the past 12 years. For the other, it marked the start of a new chapter, her chance to celebrate the early budget she hopes to inherit come January.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his wannabe successor, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, unveiled the duo’s final budget deal Sunday evening, surrounded by fellow council members in the grand rotunda of City Hall.

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‘Ebenezer Weiner’ Boasts of Being on Rudy Giuliani’s Enemies List

Anthony Weiner at a mayoral forum in Harlem.
Anthony Weiner at a mayoral forum in Harlem.

Anthony Weiner, who usually points to his congressional record or loud advocacy efforts, went a different route in Harlem yesterday and recalled his days battling then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani from the City Council.

“Do you remember when the stairwells were bursting into flames in public housing?” Mr. Weiner asked members of the Sojourner Truth Democratic Club’s mayoral forum gathered in a back room of the La Hermosa Christian Church.

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