NEW YORK — Mayor Bill de Blasio announced $200 million will be invested in boiler replacements, modernizing hot water systems and upgrading heat controls at some of the housing developments with chronic heating system breakdowns while urging state and federal officials to step in with more funding as well.
“$200 million will go to 39 boilers in 10 sites," said Deborah Goddard, the President for Capital at NYCHA. Goddard promises residents will see improvements right away.
About 45,000 residents will benefit from repairs that will take place until the year 2022.
Bronx borough president Ruben Diaz Jr. said families need that money now.
“Sometimes the procurement process, families can wait years," Diaz said. "Seniors and children are freezing right now."
One of the 20 developments on the list to get money, is the Sotomayor Houses in the Bronx.
“Thanks to PIX11 News we have millions coming,” said longtime resident, Kimberly Abrams.
Dan Barber, the head of the council of all tenant associations of NYCHA buildings citywide said he wants to know what happens to all the other hundreds of buildings not on this list.
“We will wait, but so many buildings need the money,” Barber said.
The upgrades will also realize approximately $5 million a year in savings in energy costs.
The developments that will see the improvements:
Morris I & II
Long Island Baptist Houses
Baruch Houses Addition