Mayor Bill de Blasio

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De Blasio Announces Plan To Improve Heating In NYCHA Developments

October 18, 2018 - 2:43 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- In advance of winter, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday announced a series of measures aimed at improving the heat situation in New York City public housing.

As WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported, New York City Housing Authority development resident Fredrina Fulton sat at a table beside Mayor de Blasio Thursday and declared that last winter was rough.

“People had their body on heaters. People was using the oven to keep warm, even though we were not supposed to,” Fulton said. “We were doing the best we can.”

De Blasio announced that 12 NYCHA developments have had their boilers replaced since last winter. NYCHA has also hired 50 new heating technicians, has farmed out 41 sites to contractors, has purchased five new emergency mobile boilers, and has set up robo calls to announce when a heat outage is fixed.

“So what we’re putting in place is an interactive phone system where once repairs have been made, residents will be notified and they’ll be able to call back – ‘Yes, my heating is coming on,’ or, ‘No, it’s not.’ If it’s, ‘No, it’s not,’ that will lead to follow-up right away.