Good Work by Mayor de Blasio on NYCHA Relief, but Other Agencies Could Use a Hand As Well

With over 420,000 outstanding repair requests by tenants of NYCHA complexes throughout the City, Mayor Bill de Blasio last week spared the Housing Authority of approximately $52.5 million that is owed to the NYPD for police protection so that the money could be used to make the necessary repairs. Granting this relief to NYCHA is a great job by Mayor de Blasio, but he should consider giving relief to other agencies that provide major services to residential properties, such as the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). While serving as Public Advocate, de Blasio suggested giving relief to DEP from making rent payments to the City. Now that he has been elected mayor, it would be great to see these suggestions come into fruition.