Recently, Mayor Bloomberg reaffirmed his commitment to public housing by proposing legislation to enhance the Authority’s Board structure. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the resulting bill into law, creating a seven-member board, including three NYCHA residents and a full-time Chairman. This new structure brings the Authority in line with other public housing authorities in the State and across the country, and will encourage further participation and collaboration between the Authority and the families we serve.
Since June, the Bloomberg Administration has conducted a robust outreach effort to residents who are committed to preserving public housing in New York City and might have interest in serving on NYCHA’s board. The application deadline is Aug. 2, 2013, and Mayor Bloomberg will announce his appointment selections in the weeks to come.
In light of these coming changes, the NYCHA Board voted during its July 31 meeting to install a new charter that recognizes the operational realities of an independent board structure and implements industry best-practices for governance. The new by-laws, which were developed with substantial input from City Hall, will allow the newly constituted board to hit the ground running.
I am confident that this affirmation of NYCHA’s commitment to sound governance will position us to better serve public housing families and communities for years to come.
Chairman John B. Rhea