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Saul Ramirez Jr emerges as leading candidate to take over NYCHA

He previously ran a Washington lobbying group for housing authorities

Kingsborough Houses (Credit: NYCHA)

Saul Ramirez Jr. is the leading candidate to take over NYCHA. The former Mayor of Laredo, Texas previously ran a Washington group lobbying on behalf of housing authorities, according to TheCity. Ramirez’s selection must be pre-approved by the federal government.

The backdrop: The news comes 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 troubled housing authority.  

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.

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