BROOKLYN (PIX11) – After spending the night in the projects of Harlem, candidate Bill Thompson said, “You look at some of the patchwork that was done, when the Housing Authority heard that we were going to be here, they did repairs on Friday.”
Fellow Democratic candidate Bill DeBlasio said, “NYCHA claims to be working on the repair backlog. Don’t believe the hype. Our report to the Public Advocate shows that they are not making the repairs they pledged and the health and safety of these residents are not being addressed on a timely basis. It is unacceptable.”
This morning on the PIX11 News, mayoral candidate and City Comptroller John Liu reflected on his experience and shared his Twitter pictures from that night. “Unfortunately, Lincoln Houses or as they call it, “Stinkin’ Lincoln” lived up to its reputation. The vermin in the lobby, the elevators. You have to hold your breath in the elevators… it really opened our eyes to the actual conditions.”
PIX11 wanted to know if this politician sleepover will lead to something tangible that helps these residents, or was it all just a campaign publicity stunt?
We put that question to Liu who responded with a campaign-driven statement, saying, “As Mayor I will be far more sensitive to what’s going on in public housing and be far more hands-on with NYCHA.”