HUD Secretary Ben Carson tours NYCHA buildings for the first time.

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Ben Carson makes first ever visit to NYCHA buildings

December 18, 2018 - 3:56 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Ben Carson, who oversees the nation's Housing and Urban Development, came to see the nation's largest public housing development authority for the first time on Tuesday.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio was eager to show him around and even more eager to convince him that New York can handle things on its own, despite a federal judge's denial of a recent plan to get NYCHA back on track.

De Blasio brought members of Congress to a meeting with Carson.

"The key decision makers are talking face to face about how to solve the problem, that's pretty damn important," the mayor said.

The future of 400,000 people in public housing is on the table. The mayor said Carson prefers that operations stay in city hands, rather than launch a federal takeover.

Congresman Gregory Meeks said it's been working in Ocean Bay Houses in Queens.

"We've seen people whose homes, whose apartments have been transformed in a public-private partnership," he said.

The parties are trying to work out an arrangement after a federal rejected an initial plan.