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Tenants: Federal NYCHA monitor not enough, we want to have a voice

September 26, 2018 - 1:46 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A judge will decide whether to approve an agreement to have an independent monitor for the New York City Housing Authority.

One-hundred people signed up to speak to Judge William Pauley.

Many tenants like Darlene Peterson who lives in the Sotomayor Houses in the Bronx, highlighted the everyday problems.

"I have a mold issue and an asbestos issue out of this world," she said.

Others like tenant Daniel Barber who lives in the Bronx spoke directly about a consent decree. He said just appointing a federal monitor to oversee NYCHA won't help. He said tenants need a voting voice.

"The judge needs to change the consent decree from where it is, from the residents being a mere suggestion, to be a true player," he said.

He said without the tenants working with the monitor it will just be the same old NYCHA.