While unbelievable problems with the city housing authority appear again and again, the city is still waiting for the man to lead the turnaround. Acting NYCHA boss Stanley Brezenoff displaced the tenants to a net loss.
Yes, the monitor Bart Schwartz is doing something good. In his report last week, a case of obscene mismanagement was revealed: a broken pipe caused "foul liquid" to flow into a domestic washroom for two months, ostensibly because the workers had no ladder when they were called in for the first time to fix the problem.
The situation was resolved after Schwartz & Co. intervened. But what NYCHA really needs is a management system that prevents such stupidity.
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And it was the city computer Scott Stringer, who reported the biggest jawbug on the crazy handling of roof repairs in NYCHA. The agency spent over $ 30 million on roof-top work that still had a guarantee – as there is no viable system for tracking basic information that enables managers who are legally required to finance repairs and Maintenance work – creating nearly ideal conditions for the growth of mold in the buildings. This threatens the health of the tenants and forces walls and pipelines to further repair work.
NYCHA's "inspection and maintenance tracking systems are from a bygone era," says Stringer.
The Agency Urgently Needs Leadership, But It's New Chairman and CEO will arrive in two weeks: Gregory Russ launches on August 12th.
And as the Post reported, last month he called off a trip to meet his new team because the city refused to pay for his trip and accommodations. Huh? A salary of over $ 400,000 was not enough to get a clear picture of the situation and the people he's working with.
Russ passed his first leadership test – engagement – pretty badly.
Meanwhile, Watchdog Schwartz seems to spend taxpayer money on political insurance. Why else hire Keith Wright, Democratic Chairman of Manhattan? It's as if the monitor has already been infected by the malfunction he's supposed to uncover.