Gov. Cuomo OKs independent monitor for NYC public housing
Apr. 02, 2018
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York City's public housing developments are getting a new independent monitor to oversee repairs and upgrades.
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order creating the position Monday. The monitor will be selected by the New York City Council, the mayor, and leaders of an organization that represents tenants.
The order comes two days after lawmakers agreed to budget an additional $250 million in state funds for repairs and upgrades to city housing units.
Cuomo has called conditions in New York City's public housing "intolerable" and has blasted Mayor Bill de Blasio's oversight of the authority.
City officials have fired back, with de Blasio's top housing official noting in a letter to Cuomo's office Monday that the state hasn't released $200 million for city public housing from last year's budget.