Lawmakers take action aimed at improving NYC housing agency

March 13, 2018

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The state Legislature has taken action aimed at helping improve conditions in New York City public housing that Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has called “intolerable.”

The Democrat-controlled Assembly on Tuesday passed a bill that would enable the city Housing Authority to expedite renovation and repair projects.

Republicans who control the Senate with the help of breakaway Democrats passed legislation that would include the housing agency in a current law that requires mold removal projects to be performed only by licensed professionals.

After tour of a Bronx housing development on Monday, Cuomo called the conditions “disgusting” and blasted Mayor Bill de Blasio’s oversight of the authority.

Cuomo threatened to propose his own solution if city officials don’t have an improvement plan in the works by April 1.

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