BROOKLYN, NY — Today, New York City Council Majority Leader Laurie A. Cumbo issued the following statement after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a $200 million investment to replace boilers and upgrade heating systems at 20 NYCHA developments, including Farragut Houses.
“The safety and well-being of our community members is essential to the health of our district, I want to thank Mayor Bill de Blasio for allocating the necessary funds to provide heating system upgrades at twenty NYCHA developments throughout our city, including one in the 35th Council District. All NYCHA residents must have heat and hot water, the most basic necessities of life. During this winter season, our city has experienced frigid temperatures that were deemed unsafe for homeless individuals to remain on our streets and yet thousands of NYCHA residents – including seniors – were forced to brave extreme cold in their own homes. Through the leadership and advocacy of Tenant Association President Mary Andrews and Rev. Dr. Mark V. C. Taylor from The Church of the Open Door, affected residents were empowered to raise their voices and demand a safe space to live and raise their families. As a Member of the Committee on Public Housing, I am delighted that our requests for Farragut Houses were answered and that they will be receiving the necessary heating upgrades. Given the chronic heat and hot water outages that these residents have endured, I look forward to working with my colleagues to accelerate the procurement process,” said Majority Leader Laurie A. Cumbo.
New York City Council Member and Majority Leader Laurie A. Cumbo represents the 35th District, which covers Bedford-Stuyvesant, Clinton Hill, Crown Heights, Fort Greene and Prospect Heights. She currently serves as a member of the Committees on Cultural Affairs, Finance, Higher Education, Public Housing, and Women’s Issues; co-chairs the Women’s Caucus; is a member of the Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus as well as the Jewish Caucus.