Broken boilers plagued NYCHA developments last year, leaving residents freezing in the cold.
To their credit, the de Blasio administration announced last week a slew of efforts to improve heating for 87,000 residents.
The targeted fixes include new boilers at 12 developments, outside experts to monitor and manage boilers at 41 sites, and better windows for 7,600 senior apartments.
Earlier this year, the mayor pledged another $200 million for long-term heating improvements at 20 developments.
But for residents to feel the warmth, they will need the outages to end. Earlier this week, residents at the Walt Whitman Houses in Brooklyn said they faced three days with no heat or hot water.
When the residents association president put in requests for repairs, the tickets were closed within hours, but the fixes were not made.
Public housing residents have every reason to be skeptical that change is coming. They’ll believe it after they survive what could be another brutal winter.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams continues to put NYCHA on the hot seat, calling out their lack of transparency over repairs.
“We cannot allow another winter with broken boilers,” he said on Monday. “I don’t know if they realize, there was no surprise that winter is coming.”
This winter will be a critical test for NYCHA’s new leadership. If they pass the test, they will have done their jobs, and done right by 400,000 public housing residents.
But if they don’t, if NYCHA residents are left out in the cold again, officials will have to face consequences again. Let’s hope it’s the former.