Quinn Announces NYCHA Reform Plan For First 100 Days; Will Appoint New Chairman And Eliminate Repair Backlog

(August 29, 2013) – Christine Quinn today announced her plan for implementing real, lasting reform in New York City’s public housing system in her first 100 days in office. Quinn committed that she will immediately appoint a new Chairman and will begin the work needed to eliminate the repair backlog at NYCHA buildings. Quinn also committed to ending, in her first 100 hundred days, the practice of forcing NYCHA to pay for the NYPD officers necessary for ensuring the safety and security of residents.

“For far too long, NYCHA residents have been treated like second-class citizens and that will end in my first 100 days in office by replacing the board chairman, ending the repair backlog, and putting a stop to requiring the Housing Authority to pay for police protection that every other New Yorker has.” said Quinn.

Quinn’s first step towards improving NYCHA will be to replace John Rhea and appoint a new Chair Person. Quinn announced she will hire someone who has experience managing property and will implement best practices from the private sector. The new Chair will prioritize resident engagement and will ensure NYCHA property is not given away to private developers.

During her first 100 days, Quinn also committed to working to eliminate the maintenance and repair backlog that has plagued NYCHA for years. NYCHA’s failure to conduct basic repairs has left residents with broken lights, locks, and mold problems. She also committed to prioritizing the installation of long-overdue security cameras. 

In order to complete the work necessary to address the repairs on NYCHA’s backlog, Quinn will build on one of her previously successful proposals, which prioritizes NYCHA residents when hiring maintenance and skilled trade workers to conduct the necessary work. 

As of August 1st, the number of open maintenance and repair work orders was 197,134. NYCHA has 178,914 apartments in 334 developments throughout New York City, serving 176,221 families.