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Departing NY housing chief: Agency has ‘failed’ in some ways

April 10, 2018

CORRECTS SPELLING OF LAST NAME TO BREZENOFF, NOT BEZENOFF - Outgoing New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) chair Shola Olatoye, center, and interim NYCHA chair Stanley Brezenoff, right, listen as New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a press conference during his visit to NYCHA's Ocean Bay Bayside Apartments, Tuesday April 10, 2018, in the Arverne section of the Queens borough of New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s embattled public housing chief says she is leaving an agency that faces “real struggles.”

Shola Olatoye (oh-LAH’-twoh-yay), who departs at the end of April, said Tuesday that she’s taken pride in serving one in 14 New Yorkers.

She calls her announcement a “bittersweet moment.”

Olatoye acknowledged residents’ concerns about possible lead paint hazards and winter healing failures.

She says it “unnerves” her that the agency has “failed” in those areas.

The nation’s largest public housing system has suffered years of neglect.

Politicians are simultaneously promising a fix and using the crisis to blame and bludgeon their rivals in an election year.

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