Mayor appoints interim head of NYCHA in the midst of upheaval
Mayor de Blasio has named Kathryn Garcia as the interim head of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). Garcia will serve for two months before a new permanent chair is selected, according to a report from the NYPost.
Be Smart: The news comes one week after a deal was reached between HUD and the NYCHA, which called for the appointment of a powerful monitor and a permanent replacement to lead the NYCHA.
Dig Deeper: The city also agreed to invest an additional $1 billion in the authority’s dilapidated housing stock over the next four years and $200 million per year afterwards. Additionally, the deal established deadlines by which NYCHA must remediate many of the hazards in their buildings (e.g. lead paint, broken elevators, leaky pipes).