Comptroller subpoenas NYCHA again over freezing housing

Adam Warner
November 24, 2018 - 2:30 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – The cold snap this week meant lots of public housing residents were once again freezing in their homes.

City Comptroller Scott Stringer says NYCHA has repeatedly failed to answer questions from his audit team meant to help figure out what problems are keeping boilers from being repaired and replaced.

Stringer says his office has been trying to gather basic information but has been met with delays and unanswered questions.

Now frustration is boiling over among NYCHA residents after more tenants were left in the cold over Thanksgiving.

 

At a news conference at the Grant Houses in Morningside Heights on Saturday, Stringer said NYCHA is stonewalling him and he announced he’s serving them another subpoena.  

The subpoena demands copies of work orders and a list of employees assigned to the work that’s supposed to be getting the heat back on for residents.

“I want every single piece of paper,” Stringer said Saturday. “Every report, every managerial decision.”

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This is the second subpoena Stringer has served the beleaguered housing agency this month. The first one asked for a list of all the tenant requests for heat and hot water repairs from the first half of 2018.

Stringer said NYCHA failed to respond to that first subpoena and has continuously failed to provide information and access to his audit team.

The audit began last winter when some 300,000 tenants went without heat and hot water during outages in extremely cold weather.