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by NYC Comptroller Alan Hevesi)
NYCHA, also known as The New York City Housing Authority or just the "Authority", is the largest Public Housing Agency/Authority in the United States. The Authority is funded through Federal (Department of Housing and Urban Development-HUD), State and City tax monies, making accountability an exercise in political finger pointing. And if you consider that the Authority has a budget in the billions of taxpayer dollars, with more than a half-million residents living in New York City's public housing developments, this lack of direct accountability should be frightening.
We hope to show you how this lack of accountability, combined with poor management, has led to widespread corruption in this huge Public Housing bureaucracy.
We believe that after visiting our Spotlight, you will find yourself questioning the way your tax money is being handled. We hope that you'll ask those questions of your local elected officials, no matter where you reside. As the Federal dollars make up well over 90% of the New York City Housing Authority funding, if you live anywhere in the United States, it's your pocket they're picking! And if you have info you think would be of interest, call/fax the Public Housing Spotlight at 718/745-0170
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Racists win at NYCHA!
Letter from a NYCHA Superintendent
In the mid-1980's, I was a single mother on public assistance with three daughters. My husband had deserted us, and the three of us were living on $85.00 every two weeks. I discovered a program called Nontraditional employment for women, I was sent to New York technical College to learn boiler repair, plumbing, carpentry, steam heat distribution and electrical repairs. Mr. Herman Thomas from New York City Housing Authority Staff Development came to the class and asked if anyone wanted to work for NYCHA. I and another lady were chosen to go for an interview after graduation.
I started working as a Heating Plant Technician (HPT) for the New York City Housing Authority on Feb 6, 1986.
I was assigned to the Manhattanville Houses in Manhattan. I loved working in the boiler-room, working with tools, being responsible for providing heat and hot water for the entire development, doing preventive maintenance and, most of all, getting paid for doing this work that I enjoyed. I had a great job! It was nontraditional but knowledge was the equalizer.
I worked there until 1988, when I transferred to Drew Hamilton Houses to work in the boiler-room. In 1990, I took a transfer to Castle Hill Houses, where I live. While working in the boiler-room at Castle Hill, I was assigned to be the resident call out person for ESS. This did not make some of my co-workers happy, but I had earned it as I never refused to come out at night to make repairs for residents.
The real trouble started when Dan McGarry, the Superintendent, and Ms. Dobbins, the Manager, offered me a promotion to assistant Superintendent for Castle Hill Houses. Seven months after that promotion my time card had
"GET OUT YOU NIGGER BITCH"
written on it.