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Governor Hochul Signs Legislation Creating New York City Public Housing Preservation Trust

Legal Aid Society Chief Attorney of the Civil Practice adriene Holder said, “With the stroke of a pen, Governor Hochul has empowered our clients and public housing residents by providing them leverage in deciding their future under the NYC Public Housing Preservation Trust. At a critical time, with huge unmet capital needs in NYCHA’s public housing and no current prospect of additional Federal funding, this law will provide an opportunity for NYCHA to access funds to make repairs and for residents to actively choose if the Trust is the means by which their housing is preserved. We recommend Governor Hochul for signing this bill into law, and thank bill sponsors Senator Julia Salazar and Assembly Member Steven Cymbrowitz for their leadership and advocacy.”

Enterprise Community Partners Vice-President and New York Market Leader Baaba Halm said, “We join NYCHA, the City, and the State in celebrating the creation of the New York City Public Housing Preservation Trust. The residents of NYCHA they deserve to have safe, healthy, high-quality housing and a fundamental role in determining what that means in practice. The new financing that the Trust makes possible means that NYCHA can address its backlog of capital repairs and deliver much-needed improvements for its residents. We thank the State Legislature and Governor Hochul for enacting this critical legislation, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with NYCHA and its residents to foster vibrant public housing communities in New York City.”

Community Service Society President and CEO David R. Jones said, “The Preservation Trust is a win-win for NYCHA and for its residents. It’s a preservation strategy that will keep our public housing public, with richer federal funding that can potentially reach all developments and fully address NYCHA’s $40 billion capital backlog without special federal legislation. Most importantly, for the first time it empowers NYCHA residents to decide whether and how they want their communities restored to decent conditions.”

Teamsters Local 237 and the General Executive Board of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Vice-President at-Large Greg Floyd said, “New York City’s public housing was once considered a national showcase of civic responsibility that provided stability and dignity for countless families. But that was nearly 80 years ago, and throughout those years, without adequate funding and other resources, those same buildings came to symbolize urban decay and hopelessness for other generations of New Yorkers. Today, with the creation of the Trust and unique plans underway to address the problems of public housing, NYCHA is on the path to return to a place of pride for those who live and work there. I want to express our thanks to Governor HochulMayor Adams, state legislators, and NYCHA Chair and CEO Greg Russ for their hard work and resolve to help ensure that public housing in New York City is not viewed as just old, and a relic of the past, but resilient and revitalized built to last for generations to come.”

Mason Tenders District Council of Greater New York Business Manager Michael Hellstrom said, “On behalf of the 17,000 hardworking members of the Mason Tenders District Council, thank you, Governor Hochulfor signing the NYCHA Preservation Trust bill into law today. This legislation is historic because it not only addresses long overdue repairs for public housing residents, it ensures those repairs will be performed by unionized construction workers. Including a project labor agreement and prevailing wage requirements in the bill makes it even more impactful for tenants because it ensures they’ll receive the highest quality repairs from a skilled and trained workforce. Thank you, Assembly Member Steven CymbrowitzSenator Julia Salazar, NYCHAand Governor Kathy Hochulfor your leadership on this crucial housing and labor policy.”

Laborers Local 79 Business Manager Michael Prohaska said, “Local 79 is proud to join Governor Hochul for today’s history NYCHA preservation trust bill signing. Not only will this legislation infuse billions of dollars into public housing for long overdue repairs, it will also create thousands of union, prevailing wage jobs for New York City residents in the process. Thank you, Assembly Member Steven CymbrowitzSenator Julia Salazar, NYCHAand Governor Kathy Hochulfor your leadership on this vital issue and recognizing the importance of including labor standards in the policy.”

New York Housing Conference Executive Director Rachel Fee said, “The enactment of the Public Housing Preservation Trust sets NYCHA on a path for full revitalization, with the ability to now address long-overdue repairs for residents. The trust will bring comprehensive funding solutions that, in the long term, will benefit residents across the five boroughs and transform their lives for the better. We are encouraged by the new plans for resident decision-making and the collaborative approach adopted by the city and state to pass this important bill. We recognize that it will take hard work and time to implement this new model and we look forward to working with the city, advocates, and stakeholders to ensure the trust is a success.”

Polo Grounds Tenants Associate President Serena Chandler said, “I have lived in the Polo Grounds for 25 years. Some have been here since what we call day one, these are not just rented apartments they are our forever homes. While things got pretty bad for a time, times are about to change. Under the public housing preservation trust, we will finally see the much-needed improvements, and repairs to the inside of our homes, and with the protections in place we can look forward to a public housing legacy which will once again bring pride, and reverence to our campuses across NYCHA for generations to eat.

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