New York, New York -- U.S. Senate candidate Chele Farley (R, C, Reform) today pledged to make rescuing the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) a top priority if elected in November.
Yesterday, interim NYCHA chairman Stanley Brezenoff, at a meeting with the Citizens Budget Commission (CBC), said it doesn’t have the resources to repair thousands of apartments. NYCHA has over 170,000 apartments throughout its 325 developments in need of repair.
The CBC has estimated that under the most optimistic of projections, NYCHA will be able to raise only half of the approximately $32 billion it needs for repairs.
“The residents of NYCHA deserve safe, quality housing and it is an utter disgrace that New York families are being forced to live in substandard conditions with no relief in site,” said Farley.
Officially, NYCHA reports housing more than 400,000 residents but unofficially that tally could be as high as 600,000 — roughly one out of every 14 New Yorkers. Farley's campaign has made reversing New York’s balance-of-payments deficit a top priority. New Yorkers send at least $48 billion more to Washington every year than we get back. We could use some of the monies lost to make all of the required repairs and fix NYCHA once and for all.
Concluded Farley, “Mayor de Blasio spends his energy deriding the President, when it was his incompetence that contributed to these horrific conditions at NYCHA. It’s time we set politics aside and do what is right for struggling New Yorkers.”