Statement from Senator Rivera on Shola Olatoye’s Resignation from NYCHA

STATEMENT FROM STATE SENATOR GUSTAVO RIVERA ON SHOLA OLATOYE’S RESIGNATION FROM NYCHA

(Bronx, NY) – The departure of Chairwoman Shola Olatoye is a disappointment, despite the scandals that rattled her and the authority in recent months. Lest we forget, the New York City Housing Authority is plagued by decades of negligence and chronic divestment. Ms. Olatoye was a dedicated public servant and partner who took on the toughest issues facing New Yorkers living in public housing. She and her team reduced repair times, forged new opportunities for residents, and helped secure more funding from the City and State than we’ve seen in years. While most cities have abandoned or demolished public housing, she fought for the health, safety, and affordability of over 300,000 units. Although it is notable that NYCHA’s needs are finally at the forefront, those who care about our fellow New Yorkers living and working in these developments should remember that NYCHA is not a political talking point. Residents have real concerns about their homes that require long-term investment and innovative solutions. Ms. Olatoye recognized the need and the complexity of bringing our public housing stock into the 21st century. I am saddened that she will no longer be on the front lines of our fight.

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