“The Housing Authority’s foot-dragging stands in stark contrast to City Hall’s assurances that it’s doing everything possible to protect New Yorkers. These delays have put at risk the lives of residents and the police officers who protect them. Mayor Bloomberg and the NYPD need to step in and get these cameras in place.
“We cannot stop there. This scandal goes far beyond the usual bureaucracy and waste we have come to expect at NYCHA, and demands immediate accountability. It is time for Commissioner Rhea to step up, investigate, and fire those responsible. We have seen enough—heads must roll.”
Bill de Blasio served as Regional Director for New York and New Jersey at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under President Bill Clinton.