Lynne Patton stuck in NYCHA elevator

Lynne Patton via Facebook

HUD Official Gets Stuck In NYCHA Elevator During Visit

February 19, 2019 - 2:45 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Department of Housing and Urban Development administrator Lynne Patton has been investigating the city’s deteriorating public housing complexes, and got to experience the conditions firsthand Tuesday.

While touring the Frederick Douglass Houses in Manhattan, Patton and a group of reporters and photographers suddenly became stuck in an elevator.

In a Facebook Live video posted to Patton’s page, the HUD official speculated that the group may have overloaded the elevator, but acknowledged it was something residents frequently deal with.

“It was probably our fault, but this stuff happens all the time at NYCHA. They’re overloaded all the time. They’re stuck all the time,” Patton said.

The group was trapped in the elevator for roughly 10 minutes before they were rescued by FDNY firefighters.

Patton later told the New York Post the experience was not a serious matter and said, “New York’s Bravest came very quickly.”

The HUD administrator’s tour began in early February in the Bronx’s Patterson Houses. She moved into the Manhattan NYCHA building on President’s Day.