FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 12, 2018
Housing Agency Facing Billions in Repairs and Years of Deplorable Living Conditions for 400,000 Residents
U.S. Senate candidate Chele Farley, (R,C, Reform) pledged to be an advocate for the 400,000 residents of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and fight to first secure and then fast-track the necessary federal infrastructure dollars to help meet the billions in capital improvements, including lead removal, that are required to return NYCHA to appropriate standards.
“It’s unconscionable, that today in our state, we see our fellow New Yorkers living in such deplorable conditions and as U.S. senator I will fight to secure and fast-track infrastructure funds to speed necessary improvements,” said Farley.
Farley has campaigned on the central promise to put New York first. For years New York has been a donor state to the federal government, this year sending $48 billion more to Washington than we get back. In the U.S. Senate, Farley will work to bring back as much of those funds as possible to invest in infrastructure and job creation.
In its agreement with the US attorney’s office, NYCHA admits to making false statements to HUD on issues including: lead-paint violations, mold growth, inadequate housing, non-functional elevators and a backlog of repairs.
“As a mother, I’m sickened to know that we have children living in these conditions, endangering their lives, compromising their futures all under the moniker of 'public housing,'” added Farley.
Throughout her 11-plus years in Washington, Kirsten Gillibrand has failed to deliver for New York. Focused on her presidential ambitions instead of constituents, Gillibrand has introduced 302 bills and never passed one.
Farley concluded, "NYCHA is a sad example of the systematic failure of leadership in New York to care for our most vulnerable, of a political class more fixated on name calling and dividing than doing the hard work of addressing problems. As senator, I will always put New Yorkers ahead of politics.”