Juliet Papa

Cuomo In Town For NYCHA Visit As Maintenance Complaints Persist

March 12, 2018 - 4:32 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- While Mayor Bill de Blasio is at a U.S. Conference of Mayors session in Austin, on Monday, his frienemy Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in the South Bronx visiting with public housing residents.

They've been complaining about heat and hot water outages, and other maintenance issues for years in the Jackson Houses.

"It's terrible. Roaches, paint falling off the wall, mold, just everything falling apart," one resident said.

Cuomo came to see the conditions first hand.

"No one, no one should be subjected to these conditions," he said.

The governor's visit comes at the invitation of a lawyer representing tenants who have filed a lawsuit against the housing authority.

The governor has been blaming the mayor for NYCHA's mismanagement of the projects. He said he plans to declare a state of emergency or appoint a monitor, and meet with the city council to get input.

Cuomo said it's not his business where the mayor is today. Councilmember Richie Torres pointed out that the mayor is on an out-of-town trip, calling it symbolic of absentee management at NYCHA.

A spokeswoman for the mayor responded that the mayor's public housing initiatives are at record levels while the governor's promises have fallen far short. The spokeswoman added that after three decades of Cuomo's political involvement in New York City, his new interest in public housing was welcome.