by Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Senator Brad Hoylman, and
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer
April 22, 2019
Interim Chair & Chief Executive Officer
New York City Housing Authority
New York, NY 10007
Dear Chair Garcia:
We are writing to strongly urge the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) to present its proposal for the Robert Fulton Houses to the development's tenants as soon as possible. Tenants need to hear plans under consideration for their community directly from NYCHA and be given a real opportunity to ask questions, receive direct, honest answers, and provide meaningful input.
To be clear, we will not allow any plan to advance that does not protect and preserve the Fulton Houses community, that involves the displacement of residents from the Fulton Houses property, or that diminishes tenant rights or affordability. We will reserve judgement on any proposal until we are able to more fully understand what is being asked of tenants and the community, and how their collective interests will be protected.
We appreciate NYCHA's efforts to develop creative solutions and new funding streams to address the severe construction, maintenance and repair needs of its properties through the Permanent Affordability Commitment Together (PACT) and Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) programs. Many NYCHA developments have a massive repair and maintenance backlog and Fulton Houses is no exception, with an estimated need of $168 million over the next five years.
Our shared goal is to ensure that NYCHA is there not only for the current residents but many generations of New Yorkers to come. Every NYCHA development is unique, and any PACT and RAD proposals must be as well. Alongside the tenants, we look forward to a full, public presentation and vetting of the proposal that includes real community input.