Gov. Cuomo called the city’s public-housing system “fundamentally dysfunctional” on Sunday as he blamed its dangerous conditions on the feds and the city — but definitely not the state.
“The public housing authority in New York City is a disgrace,” Cuomo told host John Catsimatidis on AM 970 radio.
“We now have children with lead poisoning,” he said.
“I hope the federal judge makes massive changes. Because this is not a Band-Aid situation. It is fundamentally dysfunctional,” he added, referring to Manhattan federal Judge William Pauley III, who is presiding over long-running hearings on how to fix the New York City Housing Authority.
Cuomo issued an emergency declaration in March to fix NYCHA.
The work will require an estimated $31.8 billion to remedy a litany of problems, including failing boilers, widespread mold outbreaks and toxic lead paint.
Cuomo heaped responsibility for the system on the city and federal governments.
“The housing authority is primarily federally run,” he said. “The city appoints the board of the housing authority, but it’s a federal program.
“The state does not have authority.”
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