NYCHA accepts monitor after federal report
The New York City Housing Authority agreed to a court-appointed monitor on Monday after federal prosecutors issued a report claiming that the authority trained its staff on how to mislead federal inspectors and presented false reports about its lack of compliance with lead-paint regulations. The accusations were contained in a civil complaint filed Monday in federal court by the office of Geoffrey S. Berman, the U.S. attorney in Manhattan, according to The New York Times.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said NYCHA chose to settle rather than face a trial. In the past 30 or so years, NYCHA has been plagued by lead paint problems, unreliable heat in the winter, broken-down elevators and more. As part of the deal, the authority agreed to spend $1 billion on the authority during the next four years.
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