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NYCHA Sleepover An Eye Opening Experience, Mayoral Candidates Say

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The Democratic mayoral candidates got a first-hand look at living conditions inside the New York City Housing Authority system Saturday night during a special sleepover event.

Christine Quinn, Anthony Weiner, Bill Thompson, Bill de Blasio and John Liu stayed at the Lincoln Houses in East Harlem.

They stayed with a host family, and took a tour of the complex to get a first-hand look at issues affecting lives of public housing residents, including mold on the ceiling and holes in the walls.

"And one of the worst parts of all this is there is no real sense at all of when this is going to get fixed for them," Quinn said.

"You looked at some of the patchwork that had been done when they realized, when the housing authority realized that we were going to be here, that her apartment was going to be occupied, they did repairs on Friday," Thompson said.

"NYCHA claims to be getting rid of the repair backlog. Don't believe the hype. Our reports at the Public Advocate's office show that there not making the progress they pledged and health and safety repairs are not being addressed in a timely basis," De Blasio said.

The sleepover was organized by the National Action Network, the Safety Net Project, and Community Voices Heard.

NYCHA did not officially have much of a response to the sleepover.

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