Feds Charge 70 NYCHA Supers With Bribery

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney Damian Williams unseals indictments against public housing employees in biggest one-day takedown in Department of Justice history.

Feb 6 10:36am EST

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Damian Williams announces bribery charges against 70 current and former NYCHA superintendents, Feb. 6, 2024. Credit: Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

Federal prosecutors have announced bribery charges filed against 70 former and current development superintendents who run public housing developments across the city for the city Housing Authority.

The charges relate to the control these mid-level employees have over the contractors hired by NYCHA in its ongoing struggle to address a myriad of problems plaguing its aging portfolio of 175,000 apartments.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Damian Williams was scheduled Tuesday morning to unseal the indictments in a takedown that the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development described as the biggest single-day bribery takedown in Department of Justice history.

“NYCHA has zero tolerance for wrongful and illegal activity,” said NYCHA Chief Executive Officer Lisa Bova-Hiatt. “The individuals allegedly involved in these acts put their greed first and violated the trust of our residents, their fellow NYCHA colleagues and all New Yorkers. These actions are counter to everything we stand for as public servants and will not be tolerated in any form.”

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