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Kathryn Garcia named interim head of NYCHA

Mayor appoints interim head of NYCHA in the midst of upheaval

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (Credit: NYC.Gov)

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).

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