NYCHA Residents Disgusted by Bribery Bust, Demand Accountability

Furious residents of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) expressed their disgust and lack of surprise following the bombshell bribery bust that unfolded on Tuesday. A total of 70 current and former NYCHA employees have been apprehended for allegedly accepting over $2 million in bribes in exchange for awarding small repair-job contracts to contractors. The corruption scandal has left NYCHA residents feeling betrayed and frustrated, as they have long endured substandard living conditions and inadequate repairs.

Loraine, a resident of the Queensbridge Houses complex in Queens, where some of the suspects were arrested, voiced her satisfaction at the arrests, stating, “I’m glad they got caught. It’s time they clear out the workers that take advantage of other people — and NYCHA is full of those.” She, along with other public-housing tenants, expressed their lack of surprise at the allegations, claiming that NYCHA workers would do anything for a quick buck.

The residents’ anger stems from years of enduring shoddy repairs or no repairs at all in their apartments. One tenant from Queensbridge, who preferred to remain anonymous, described the dodgy repairs to her leaking toilets and hole-covered floors as “f–ked up.” She criticized the contractors hired by NYCHA, stating, “I don’t want no contractor that don’t know what they are doing. They get them for a dollar, and they don’t want to do the job right.”

Similar frustrations were voiced by residents of the Taft Houses and King Houses in Harlem, where additional suspects were apprehended. Alexander Hernandez, a resident of the King complex, highlighted the numerous unresolved issues in his apartment, including holes in his kitchen floor and leaky ceilings. Hernandez recounted a recent incident where water damage occurred in his bathroom due to a flood in the apartment above. The contracted workers merely removed the water without repairing the damage, leaving Hernandez to exclaim, “This whole place is f–ked up.”

Tiffany Lopez, another tenant from the King complex, expressed her disappointment with the maintenance in her building, describing it as “definitely not up to par.” She had previously believed that the delays in her repairs were due to a contracting glitch, but the bribery busts shed light on a different reality. Lopez emphasized the impact of the corruption on the safety of families, stating, “It’s not a safe environment for them to live in.”

Residents from the Taft Houses also expressed their frustration at the lack of repairs. One resident, identified as JR, revealed that she had been waiting for three years for a much-needed repair in her kitchen. Mona, another resident, acknowledged feeling angry but not surprised, stating, “That’s the way the world works. That’s the system.”

Nicole, a mother residing in the La Guardia housing complex in Manhattan, shared her realization that years of mismanagement and negligence in her building made more sense in light of the bribery busts. She expressed hope that the arrests would lead to improved management and better selection of personnel.

The corruption scheme, which spanned over a decade, affected approximately one-third of the 335 housing developments citywide. Federal prosecutors revealed that the defendants, including housing superintendents, assistant superintendents, and other employees, demanded kickbacks ranging from 10% to 20% of the contracts’ values, or between $500 and $2,000, between 2013 and 2020.

The NYCHA residents are now demanding accountability and a resolution to the systemic corruption that has plagued their living conditions.


Author: CrimeDoor

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