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The council’s hypocritical NYCHA critics.

Forty members of the City Council, led by Ritchie Torres, are demanding action on the Housing Authority’s boiler problems. For all but the newly elected, this prompts the question: Where were you last year? Yes, Torres is the new head of the Oversight and Investigations Committee. But he chaired the Public Housing Committee before that,...
Time: 20:25     Date: 11.01.2018
Last US News - Opinion: The council’s hypocritical NYCHA critics. NY Post 24 - US News

Yes, Torres is the new head of the Oversight and Investigations Committee. But he chaired the Public Housing Committee before that, with subpoena power and chief jurisdiction over NYCHA.

And he grew up in the Throggs Neck Houses, which should make him all too wise to NYCHA’s woes. He certainly couldn’t have been ignorant of the agency’s reliance on temporary mobile boilers at developments with broken ones.

Calling for Mayor de Blasio to issue a new capital budget that addresses “the crisis of failing heating systems in public housing,” as the letter did, is rather a no-brainer after last week’s headline-making failures.

But City Council members are supposed to raise alarms before a crisis hits, especially a problem they themselves write “has been torturing New Yorkers every winter season.”

The council controls millions in capital funds that any number of members could’ve tapped to pay for the needed boiler replacements or repairs. The only record we found of such action is Rafael Espinal’s 2016 earmark of $500,000 for boilers at Hope Gardens in his Brooklyn district.

To his credit, Torres got on the phone with us to discuss his letter. He noted that past budgets targeted roof and façade repairs but failed to earmark funds for replacing boilers and heating systems; that’s why he’s demanding the dedicated money now.

Last year, Torres’ committee held zero hearings on the physical plant at NYCHA developments, barring one oversight hearing on mold. Nor did it hold hearings on heat complaints in 2016.

In short, Torres & Co. look complicit in City Hall’s neglect of public-housing heating problems.

NYCHA tenants surely welcome the belated attention. But they want action, not just chest-thumping letters. We look forward to Torres’ promised investigations.

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