New York City Housing Authority chairwoman, Shola Olatoye, who was accused of making misleading statements about the conditions in public housing resigned on Tuesday. She had been under fire from multiple critics.
She said she was resigning because it was the right time to go, not because of scandals over false lead-paint inspections and failing boilers or looming oversight by the state and federal government.
AM New York quoted her as saying while speaking at a housing project in the Far Rockaway section of Queens that Mayor Bill de Blasio had never sought her resignation.
She said when she had volunteered to resign in the past, de Blasio asked her to stay.
She called her decision to resign, which will take effect at the end of April, “bittersweet,” citing improved security at public housing, repair times cut by 70 percent and other improvements. She will be succeeded by Stanley Brezenoff, who de Blasio named interim chairman on Tuesday, the newspaper said.
“She was then forced to admit that she’d made the claim knowing it wasn’t true, and acknowledge that she’d known about it since April 2016 and told the mayor soon after. Both Olatoye and de Blasio then decided to withhold that disclosure from tenants and the public for more than a year.
“Then, in December, Olatoye gave erroneous testimony to the City Council under oath, claiming that a recent series of inspections for lead paint in apartments that housed young children had been performed by trained, certified workers.
“At the request of City Councilman Ritchie Torres, DOI discovered that was not true. She later claimed she’d been misinformed. Torres (D-Manhattan) and others, including Public Advocate Letitia James, had called for Olatoye to step down,” NYDaily reported.
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