Judge rejects city’s $2.2 billion deal with feds over NYCHA repairs

11/15/2018, 9:54 p.m.
A federal judge on Wednesday rejected a $2.2 billion payment NYCHA
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A federal judge on Wednesday rejected a $2.2 billion payment the nation's largest public housing agency was set to make to settle claims that it used dirty tricks like building fake walls to hide problems from inspectors and lied about lead paint conditions to mask risks to low-income residents and their children.

Senior U.S. District Judge William Pauley III said the following in his issued opinion:

"Because the record reveals a substantial basis to conclude that this proposed decree is not fair, reasonable, or consistent with the public interest, the Government’s motion to approve the consent decree is denied."

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