2015-05-13 / Features

De blasio Announces Queensbridge Houses To Receive Major Roof Repairs

By Joyce Vetere Milowski and Dan Miller

Mayor de Blasio announces major investment in NYCHA buildings including 28 buildings in Queensbrige Houses in Long Island City.Mayor de Blasio announces major investment in NYCHA buildings including 28 buildings in Queensbrige Houses in Long Island City.

On May 10, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio joined New York City Housing Authority Chair Shola Olatoye to announce a program to attack the mold problem that has caused havoc at many of our city’s public housing projects including the Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City.

The city’s $100million investment will match the $100 million investment in NYCHA provided by Albany. In addition the mayor announced that his administration will provide an additional $200 million over the following two years.

 Mold, has been identified as a major health hazard to residents of our city’s poorer communities. The cause of this mold has been narrowed down to the accumulation of water and moisture entering the buildings through leaky roofs and parapets.

The repairs are expected to begin next month. It is well recognized that mold causes asthma and other health related problems. With asthma related illnesses being the major cause of school and work absences and hospital emergency room visits among poor New Yorkers it is believed that the investment in repairing the NYCHA building roofs including the 28 buildings of the Queensbridge Houses, will help improve the health of residents of these housing developments.

NYC Housing Authority Developments in First Wave of Repairs:
Sheepshead Bay – 18 buildings
Queensbridge South – 14 buildings
Queensbridge North – 14 Buildings
Parkside – 14 buildings
Albany – 14 buildings
A roof replacement plan has been submitted to Albany for the $100 million provided by the state. It will cover an additional 123 city housing buildings beyond the original 66 of the city’s NYCHA buildings covered by the initial city’s roof repair investment.

“Year’s of federal and state disinvestment have led to deteriorating buildings, depriving tenants of the level of housing they deserve,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

“I want to thank Mayor de Blasio for making the great investment in improving the roofs in Queensbridge Houses,” said Assembly Member Catherine Nolan.

Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer added, “This is a welcome announcement to the residents of the Queensbridge Houses who have waited many years for the completion of these critical repairs. I applaud Mayor de Blasio’s decision to fund roof replacements of NYCHA buildings across the City.”

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