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One-on-one with the NYCHA federal monitor

Posted: 7:45 PM, Dec 04, 2019
Updated: 2019-12-04 21:03:44-05

NEW YORK — Bart Schwartz was appointed in February to monitor the New York City Housing Authority and help fix the troubled agency.

In 10 months, Schwartz has filed two scathing reports concerning NYCHA and has helped spend $450 million in state funds, replacing 165 elevators and 108 boilers.

“NYCHA does not attract the best vendors," he said. "There are many reasons NYCHA has to pay their bills faster."

The federal monitor team has visited all 320 NYCHA developments and has met 190 tenant presidents.

Schwartz sat down live with Monica Morales on Wednesday.

A NYCHA spokesperson said, “Through our ongoing work with the Federal Monitor, NYCHA is developing and implementing actionable and transformative solutions to address the conditions detailed in the January 2019 Agreement, and to bring the Authority into compliance.”