Judith Goldiner, Attorney-In-Charge of the Civil Law Reform Unit at The Legal Aid Society, released the following statement today responding to the New York City Housing Authority’s (NYCHA) settlement with the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York:
"Although we have been fighting NYCHA for years to ensure better conditions for residents, today’s complaint from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York on NYCHA shocks the conscience. There is no excuse for these deplorable conditions that have plagued tenants for so long.
Nevertheless, NYCHA's settlement with the SDNY is welcome news for the hundreds of thousands of residents who have borne the brunt of decades of disinvestment and neglect from Federal, State and City governments.
While Mayor de Blasio's $2.2 billion capital commitment to NYCHA is an important and tremendous step forward, it is not an excuse for the Federal government to turn its back on its responsibility to support public housing. It is also not an excuse for the State to shirk its fiscal responsibilities.
With today's agreement, NYCHA can begin to move forward and focus on ensuring that all residents are provided with the healthy, safe homes they deserve.”