Amid Criticism, Bloomberg Decides to Revamp NYCHA Board

Under pressure to overhaul the New York City Housing Authority, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has decided to remove two highly paid appointees from the agency’s board and replace them with volunteers, including one who lives in public housing, city officials said on Thursday.

John Rhea, the chairman of the housing agency, confirmed the plan to revamp the board, on the same day the city released a $10 million study of the agency’s problems and how they might be solved. The study concludes that the agency could reduce its annual spending by more than $70 million and streamline an operation that has a backlog of 330,000 orders for maintenance and repairs. The city’s 400,000 public-housing residents sometimes have to wait years for the agency to fix problems, the report says.

–   NY Times

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