With New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Chairman Greg Russ abruptly resigning last week after the water disaster at the Jacob Reese home, the electorate is seeking to ensure similar situations are avoided in the future. was busy submitting new bills.
Congressman Harvey Epstein and State Senator Brad Hoyleman introduced the bill S.9557 It took eight days for the city and the lab company to realize that the arsenic test results were erroneous due to genuine complaints that NYCHA residents were not provided with food, only bottles of water. Residents relied on donations and out-of-pocket expenses for meals.
The bill creates a process to ensure that residents of public housing have food and water when cooking and drinking water are cut off. In addition, public housing units of 100 or more units are required to provide three meals or meal vouchers and drinking water to all residents of buildings affected by disruptions lasting more than 24 hours.
“About 4,000 residents of Riis Houses were without tap water for 10 days due to an incorrect test showing water contamination,” Hoylman said. “Residents were unable to prepare their own meals and had to either pay for themselves or rely on charity to feed themselves and their families. The response to this crisis has been unacceptable. Our bill will ensure NYCHA residents always have access to these basic necessities.”
Daphne Williams, president of the Riis Tenants Association, added her heartfelt support for the bill. “This time has been very stressful. NYCHA needs to be more transparent about what they do with our water. “This situation continues to be very stressful for our tenants, and this bill will help address future issues.”
Public Advocate Jumaane Williams jumped at the opportunity to enact legal costs legislation within NYCHA. His office has repeatedly called NYCHA “the worst landlord in the city.” PA Williams Rereferral 691This requires NYCHA to report on external legal expenditures.
In a statement, Williams said, “We already know and have seen the human loss resulting from years of systemic failure and intolerable conditions at NYCHA. , provides the public with a description of legal actions in which NYCHA is involved beyond the scope of in-house counsel. It is imperative that we be transparent about these types of expenses to prevent unnecessary waste.”
Alderman Carlina Rivera added that residents deserve answers and support. She is also happy to support legislation introduced by Epstein, Harvey, and Williams. It said it would introduce new legislation related to the challenges facing families in housing. “They should not be paid for the city’s mistakes,” Rivera said.
Meanwhile, Mayor Eric Adams quickly announced that Russ would be stepping down, and he is splitting the roles of NYCHA president and CEO. Interim appointment of Lisa Bova-Hiatt as senior vice president.
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