City Produces Millions of Documents for Federal Probe of Public Housing

City officials have turned over millions of documents to the federal prosecutors who are conducting a broad investigation into health and safety conditions at New York City Housing Authority buildings and at homeless shelters.

News Story (New York)

Rebecca Davis-O’Brien, Josh Dawsey
Wall Street Journal (WSJ)
March 18, 2016

Tags: Housing

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Society (New York City)


Federal authorities also are investigating if NYCHA accurately reported building conditions to the federal authorities, according to a person familiar with the matter. Like other housing authorities, NYCHA receives funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The investigation was revealed in documents filed Wednesday in federal court by prosecutors in the civil division of the office of Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. Such investigations can lead in many directions, including criminal prosecutions and civil lawsuits.

On Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city would cooperate but had learned about the lead concerns in only the past 24 hours from the federal authorities.