On March 22, 2019 Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis invited United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Regional Administrator Lynne Patton to tour the two NYCHA facilities in her district, after which the two officials held a press conference drawing attention to the unresolved issues that had not been addressed within the housing developments. One of the facilities, New Lane Shores Apartments, houses hundreds of seniors and was in need of several repairs including issues that posed a threat to the health and safety of the residents. The repairs include:
- Two sets of entrance doors had been broken and dysfunctional for months, posing a security risk to residents and were finally repaired by June 2019.
- Broken washing machines and issues with plumbing that made it difficult to impossible for residents to wash their clothes and linens were fixed in June 2019.
- An air conditioning installation project that had been stalled for years and left the seniors to suffer through summer heat waves has now been resumed (scheduled to be fully installed by September 2019)
“I thank Regional Administrator Patton for coming to my district, listening to the senior citizens at New Lane and rectifying situations that the city had not been addressing. I think this initial progress has been a strong start to what I hope will a series of repairs to some of the chronic issues plaguing New Lane and our other NYCHA facilities,” Malliotakis stated.
Residents are grateful for the results brought about by Patton and Malliotakis:
“Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis’ office had helped us in the past to speed up the restoration of our gas when it was out at the beginning of the year. Bringing Lynne Patton and HUD on board was very effective at finally getting our doors fixed after waiting for the longest time. Dealing with NYCHA for these repairs has been tough so we are very grateful to the Assemblywoman for her intervention,” said Tenants Association President Chuck Ayr.
Virginia Catalano, ceramics instructor and New Lane resident, gives Malliotakis credit for staying on top of NYCHA: “Nicole Malliotakis without a doubt is the main source of help we receive here at New Lane. Lynne Patton’s visit was very helpful in moving along some ongoing projects to provide necessary repairs. My biggest wish now is that we could have a full time Housing Assistant on the premises at minimum 4 days a week so that these issues would get resolved without having to ask our Assemblywoman for help.”
Malliotakis visited the facility this past Saturday and continues to push for more long-term improvements, such as securing a full-time NYCHA staff member to assist residents with social work and address issues as they arise and resiliency measures that will protect the facility from future storms.