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NYC May Be Forced To Spend $1 Billion To Fix Public Housing System

June 01, 2018 - 8:23 am
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The New York City Housing Authority would get a federal monitor and the city could reportedly be forced to spend $1 billion for repairs as part of a settlement to avoid a trial on the agency's alleged falsifying of lead paint inspections.

But city and state officials are balking at the amount of the payoff considering the federal government's history of underfunding the agency, WCBS 880's Marla Diamond reported.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo have already committed to invest billions of city and state dollars for repairs to NYCHA.

At an unrelated news conference Thursday, the mayor refused to comment on the parameters of the federal decree.

"We think the Southern District has come forward with a set of concerns that are historically grounded, that we want to try and address with them," de Blasio said, adding that negotiations are ongoing and private. "I'm not going to get into any details, I'm not going to confirm any details. I'm only going to say I think if we can get to a fair settlement that's in everyone's interest."

Meanwhile, Friday is the deadline for the city and a representative for NYCHA tenants to appoint a state monitor to oversee repairs.

Cuomo made that monitor a condition for the city to receive $250 million in state aid.