Statement By Council Speaker Corey Johnson On NYCHA Agreement

New York, NY – “I wish I were more encouraged but the fact is, NYCHA residents need more funding from the federal government, and that’s not what I’m hearing in today’s announcement. Certainly when it comes to NYCHA, there’s a lot of blame to go around, but we can’t minimize the toll years of federal disinvestment has had on our public housing stock. I hope today is at least the end of the contentious and at times insensitive back and forth we’ve seen throughout these negotiations. The Council will continue to exercise its oversight authority to ensure we are doing all we can for the 400,000 New Yorkers who call NYCHA home. I expect the same commitment from the federal government. There is much work to do, and I pray they will take their responsibilities seriously.”