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Federal judge appoints watchdog to force NYCHA's mold clean-up


Added 09-20-19 08:13:02pm EST - “The order, signed by U.S. District Court Judge William Pauley, authorized the appointment of Cesar de Castro as ombudsman through 2021.” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “Federal judge appoints watchdog to force NYCHA’s mold clean-up”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A federal judge issued a court order Friday appointing an ombudsman to force the New York City Housing Authority to clean up its mold throughout the city.

The order, signed by U.S. District Court Judge William Pauley, authorized the appointment of Cesar de Castro as ombudsman through 2021.

Pauley also authorized the launch of a call center to process mold complaints at the Jefferson Houses, an East Harlem NYCHA complex. The call center will be operated by the consulting firm Stout Risius Ross.

The call center and de Castro’s work will initially focus on the Jefferson Houses and is expected to expand to other developments as their approach is refined over time.

Pauley’s decision stems from a federal lawsuit filed by the non-profit Metro IAF on behalf of several NYCHA residents, including Maribel Baez, whose asthma worsened from toxic mold growing in her Marlboro Houses apartment in Brooklyn. Their suit led the city to accept a consent decree in 2013 that granted a federal judge oversight of the authority’s mold problems.

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