Stringer calls on NYCHA to protect tenants during winter months amid COVID-19

AmNews Staff Reports | 10/29/2020, midnight
Comptroller Scott M. Stringer is calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYCHA Chair and Chief Executive Officer Gregory Russ ...
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Comptroller Scott M. Stringer is calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYCHA Chair and Chief Executive Officer Gregory Russ to address alarming ventilation deficiencies and other conditions in NYCHA buildings that leave residents vulnerable to a potential second wave of COVID-19 during the winter months.

In his letter, Stringer called on the agency to expedite capital projects that address chronic issues across New York City’s 326 public housing developments––from poor ventilation and elevator outages, to broken boilers and mold outbreaks––that will become even more dangerous when colder weather keeps residents indoors.

Conditions in many NYCHA buildings fall alarmingly short of the standards set by the Center for Disease Control’s current COVID-19 mitigation guidelines. Defunct ventilation systems do not provide the airflow that is needed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and respiratory conditions like asthma.