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On Mold In NYC Housing Projects COVID Is Blamed For No Repairs In SDNY Hearing

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, June 16  – In a case filed in 2013 about mold in the NYCHA housing projects injuring those with asthma and others, on June 16, 2020 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge William H. Pauley III held a proceeding.

Inner City Press covered it.   

On the agenda, the Independent Mold Analyst. Judge Pauley began with a righteous Rest in Peace for two professors in the case, victims of COVID-19.   

Then plaintiffs' lawyer said there are outstanding issues that require special master: installing roof fans, for example. There has been a back-sliding by NYCHA. This is made worse by the co-morbidities of mold and asthma with COVID-19. We have confidence in former Magistrate Judge Francis as the special master.   

NYCHA's outside counsel Miriam Skolnik said, The roof fans will be replaced, but it requires that fans in the apartments be cleaned laterally. But tenants don't want people in, due to COVID. We circulated the leak standard procedure, it's a collaborative effort... We'd like to avoid costs of a Special Master if the court believes that's do-able. 

  Judge Pauley asked, What about the ramp up of the ombudsman program? 

  Cesar de Castro replied, We expect to be NYCHA portfolio wide by the end of July. Brooklyn is largest, we expect calls. 

   Plaintiffs' lawyer says most people had no idea that the NYCHA Ombudsman even existed. So appointment of a Special Master make it more likely residents know their rights.

   Judge Pauley said he'll take it all under advisement, wished all participants to stay safe.

The case is Baez et al v. New York City Housing Authority, 13-cv-8916 (Pauley). 


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