Judith Goldiner, Attorney-In-Charge of the Civil Law Reform Unit, released the following statement today responding to current heat and hot water outages impacting more than 1,700 New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) residents:
“One day before City Hall submits its joint status report on NYCHA to a Federal judge, over 1,700 public housing residents are again without working heat and hot water. This further underscores the need for governments to bolster NYCHA’s funding so that the Authority may more quickly replace antiquated boilers and other dated utility systems that have already failed thousands of residents during this winter season.
That being said, we still believe that NYCHA’s imperiled state would be exacerbated under a Federal receivership, and that it would be subjected to politics prioritized above the real interests of tenants. NYCHA’s woes have long been rooted in divestment; for this reason, increased funding on an unprecedented scale must be first and foremost.”