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Cuomo Says He’ll Ask Legislature For Funds To Fix NYCHA Buildings

March 17, 2018 - 4:29 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Tenants of the city's housing authority buildings in desperate need of repair have continued to unite and rise up.

Governor Andrew Cuomo apologized to those residents on Saturday.

"I am sorry for the conditions that you are dealing with," he said.

Beverly McPharlane has been living in the Taft Houses for 15 years.

"We have mold issues, we have water issues, we have repair issues, we have lead issues," she said.

Governor Cuomo took a tour of her building on Saturday, and said it was hard to visit let alone live in those conditions.

"No respectable New Yorker would take a walk through that apartment, and allow it to continue," he said.

The governor pledged to ask the legislature for $250-million to hire a private contactor to fix public housing.

"If the State matches the City's recent 200 million investment in NYCHA, it would be a major win for tenants. This is precisely what we've been seeking for months. We sincerely hope the Governor follows through on this new promise, delivers on last year's funding, and gives NYCHA the authority it needs to speed up major repairs," NYCHA said.