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NYCHA Residents: Management Retailated Over Complaints About Housing Conditions

April 30, 2018 - 9:00 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Some local elected officials joined residents of the Riis Houses public housing development Monday on the steps of City Hall.

As 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reported, some residents who publicly complained about the condition of their apartments said management retaliated against them.

Keisha Benjamin took issue with the mold in her kitchen as she went to a local television station to tell her story. Days later, she received an eviction notice.

“Went to management, asked them why I was receiving this letter. They say because of unpaid rent. Now mind you, my rent has been paid up to date,” she said.

Councilmember Carlina Rivera (D-2nd) said the City Council will investigate. She is calling for accountability and tenants’ rights.

“They should not be punished for their actions of trying to get a spotlight on the conditions that they have been living in for years,” she said.

Rivera said New York City Housing Authority officials invited her to a meeting and asked her to cancel the news conference Monday, which she did not.