Trump official delays plan to move into NYC public housing

NEW YORK  — A Trump administration official who planned to spend January living in New York City’s troubled public housing system says the experiment has been delayed because of the federal government shutdown.

Lynne Patton is the regional administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in New York and New Jersey.

She planned on staying with four different families at city housing authority buildings over the month so she could experience problems there firsthand.

Patton tweeted Monday that she’ll reschedule her stay after the shutdown ends.

“Today I was slated to move into @NYCHA. Due to the shutdown, I cannot until it is lifted,” she tweeted. “The Anti-Deficiency Act (31 USC 1341) prohibits federal officials from performing certain duties. The move-in is considered acting in my official capacity. Look forward to a new start date!”

Patton had been an assistant to Eric Trump, one of the president’s sons, before joining HUD.

New York has been negotiating with HUD over whether its public housing system should be placed in receivership because of problems including vermin, water leaks and lack of heat.