For years, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has promised to give hundreds of millions of dollars to the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA).
"This is a health emergency," the governor said at a news conference in April 2018. "We have people living in conditions that we should not allow people to live in."
For years now, NYCHA never got that $450 million.
But on Monday, Cuomo said he may finally write that check.
"As the monitor needs the $450 million, we will provide it," the governor said.
Since 2017, the state has said it would give NYCHA $450 million to try to fix some of its crumbling buildings. But the money never came, caught up in the constant squabble between the Cuomo and the Bill de Blasio administration.
Last year, the governor tied the funding to the installation of independent oversight for NYCHA.
Last week, federal housing secretary Ben Carson, the mayor, and federal prosecutors signed a new settlement agreement to install a federal monitor for the New York City Housing Authority.
So now Cuomo says the authority is going to get the state cash. "If a monitor is administering those funds, as soon as the monitor is appointed we would provide that funding on an as-needed basis to that monitor," Cuomo said.
While it may be good news for NYCHA, it came after the governor slammed the new deal between the housing authority and the feds.
"They wanted to make a political arrangement where the federal government doesn't put in a receiver so the city puts in money," the governor said. "But it's a political resolution. It's not a legal resolution."
Not surprisingly, that sparked a strong rebuke from Washington, where officials said Cuomo has not done enough to help public housing.
"The Secretary has been very clear that all levels of government are required to bring relief to the residents of NYCHA," the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) responded in a statement. "HUD and New York City demonstrated their commitment to improving NYCHA. New York State, on the other hand, has been on the sidelines and refused to take a seat at the table."
The statement also said the HUD secretary invited the governor to meet with all of the parties during negotiations over the future of NYCHA but the governor did not accept the invitation.
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