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City Comptroller: NYCHA Skipped Chances to Provide Jobs to Own Residents

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The city comptroller says the Housing Authority failed to follow some of it's own rules, and as a result may have deprived residents of it's buildings hundreds of thousands of dollars.

According to a new audit, Scott Stringer says NYCHA did not always use contractors who employ public housing residents and low income workers.

Stringer says that violates the authority's own regulations.

"What NYHCA is doing is not taking seriously their own mandate to provide jobs to the community and to NYCHA residents," Stringer said.

NYCHA says the audit uses old data and misrepresents the agency's job creation efforts.

The agency says contractors spent almost $2.5 million employing 1,600 NYCHA residents through the end of the last fiscal year.

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