State of Emergency

Governor Cuomo Visits Housing Complex

In recent media, Governor Andrew Cuomo went on a tour of a housing complex in East Harlem. The housing complex is apart of New York City Housing Authority. The complex is Taft Houses. The tour of the NYCHA complex comes after many NYCHA residents filed a lawsuit against them.

After the visit, Governor Cuomo said he would declare a state of emergency because residents should live in better conditions. During the tour he saw broken stoves, mold, leaks and peeling paint. To make it worse during the cold winter residents had no heat or hot water. The governor is vowing to free up millions of dollars in order to get repairs done.

Is Governor Cuomo Faking It?

After viewing the houses Governor Cuomo is more concerned than ever, but many feel it is from the lawsuit residents have. CUNY York College professor, George White, says “The lawsuit by NYCHA residents probably has a little something to do with the Governor’s recent concerns about public housing in New York City.  However, I think the Governor is mostly motivated by his desire to run for President in 2020, as well as his on-going beef with Mayor DeBlasio.”

Change needs to be done because living conditions are important. Whether or not if it is because a lawsuit is filed, NYCHA Resident, Jasmine Smith,24 years old, says “There was a couple of times where it was really cold outside and there was no heat.”. If you are paying your rent you should be able to come home to a warm house.

Smith, Brooklyn resident, believes that if people did not file a lawsuit and get the media involved then actions would not be taken. This is not the first time and it won’t be the last, Smith feels.

Putting the blame on management 

Governor Cuomo is looking into many ways to help improve NYCHA’s living conditions. He is considering changing the management of NYCHA altogether. A real question, would be is the management the problem? White, history and philosophy professor said in an email interview “However, it seems a little foolish to blame NYCHA management if they have not had robust support and incentives to upgrade, repair, and maintain the public housing properties.  Of course, if the residents can demonstrate mismanagement by NYCHA leaders, then YES they should be fired.”

Life without heat

Shyann Giffith, a Bedford-Stuyvesant resident, says ” Heat is a main necessity in the winter time. Nobody wants to be cold especially if they are paying rent.”

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