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Cuomo calls NYC public housing "intolerable... disgusting"

Cuomo calls NYC public housing

"I don't even let people into my apartment, because you don't want to see all that", Blyther said.

Cuomo left that to the politicians who joined him at the press conference: Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., a longtime de Blasio rival, and-notably-Bronx Councilman Ritchie Torres, one of the first officials to endorse the mayor for re-election in 2017.

"Yeah, I don't know where the mayor is, and that is none of my business".

De Blasio, who was not in New York City Monday, said last week the city would "expedite major heating upgrades at public housing by 8 to 20 months". The state is not obligated to fund Nycha, but the authority plays a vital role in providing housing for the city's poor, and since taking office, Mr. Cuomo has pledged more than $300 million.

In a letter sent on Monday to the city, Alphonso David, Mr. Cuomo's counsel, said the declaration "could include a replacement of existing management, the appointment of an independent monitor, the identification and selection of contractors to be responsible for repairs, and/or the appointment of a public health monitor to focus on lead testing".

Following Cuomo's visit, two top aides for the mayor held their own press conference at City Hall to answer the governor. Among other things, she took exception to the governor's claim that $200 million in state money promised last April to the Housing Authority for repairs had not been delivered because the city failed to submit a spending plan for the money. It is also unclear whether the state can override the federal regulations that constrain NYCHA as a recipient of Department of Housing and Urban Development funds, or whether a Cuomo appointee would look to break with the authority's arrangements with powerful unions that handle repairs.

"He and some folks are conflating the notion of an emergency declaration with some magic cure-all, and that somehow by issuing an emergency declaration that, in essence, gives us the money he was supposed to give us a year-and-a-half ago, plus gives us what we've already asked for, for four years, which is design-build - I don't see how that is an emergency declaration; that's doing your job", Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen said.

"The City Council is going to be in Albany tomorrow, I'm going to meet with them". There, they will map out precisely what would be included in an emergency declaration.

Cuomo says he wants to know City Council's proposed resolution by Tuesday.

Some tenants who spoke with NY1 felt the same way.

"Our investment in new heating systems goes right to the heart of the biggest problems NYCHA residents face, and will make a difference thousands of them will feel", de Blasio said in a statement. The appearance comes less than a week after the governor took jabs at Mayor Bill de Blasio for the conditions at NYCHA buildings.



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