Opinion: Abolish This Luxury Property Tax Break and Save NYCHA

NYCHA's LaGuardia Houses

Adi Talwar

NYCHA’s LaGuardia Houses in the lower East side section of Manhattan.

Yolanda Franceschi was recovering from surgery in her apartment in East Harlem’s Taft Houses. It was winter when the conditions in her apartment continued to worsen, and she was facing the frigid cold that was seeping through the broken windows in her apartment. By January, she placed several tickets with NYCHA in order to receive needed repairs, but to no avail – her tickets were placed on an expanding waiting list, and NYCHA maintenance failed to fulfill their scheduled appointments. Her windows remained broken for two months before NYCHA finally completed the repairs. By then, Yolanda had endured most of the winter in a freezing apartment.

East Harlem is not the only public housing community bearing the brunt of disrepair and foul housing conditions. At a recent 303 Vernon Ave. Tenants Association, close to a…

Original published: 2019-06-13 05:32:45 Read the full New York City News here


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