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Frustrated NYCHA tenants show damaged homes to federal housing official Lynne Patton

Posted: 7:31 PM, Mar 06, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-06 19:31:28-05

LONG ISLAND CITY, Queens — Housing and Urban Development Regional Director Lynne Patton got an earful from frustrated families inside the Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City, the largest public housing development in the country, on Wednesday.

She visited bathroom after bathroom with April Simpson, the tenant association president.

“This is a damn shame and I’m angry and human beings are living like this,” said Simpson.

Its week three of Patton’s stay in New York City Housing Authority complexes. She's sleeping there until Friday. Patton says she has spoken President Trump about NYCHA.

“This is why the President of the United States picked up the phone. This is a humanitarian crisis,” said Patton.

And now there are reports on the short list to become the new head of NYCHA. Eugene Jones, the Chicago public housing boss, may come to New York.

“Eugene Jones has done great things with the section three program. He’s turned the Chicago public housing around. NYCHA would be lucky to have someone like that on their side. The list is being formulated and it's the Mayors choice,” said Patton.

A NYCHA spokesperson says they are looking into the issues seen during Patton's tour.

"Any immediate health and safety concerns will be prioritized and addressed," the spokesperson said. "We will schedule the non-health and safety repairs per our standard procedure."

Patton will be in a Brooklyn development next week.

Watch the tour here: