Who’s Run­ning This City?

New York Post - - POST OPINION -

With Tues­day’s bomb­shell re­port on the Hous­ing Au­thor­ity, it’s fair to ask: Is any­body in charge at City Hall? The city Depart­ment of In­ves­ti­ga­tion re­port ac­cuses NYCHA of fail­ing to con­duct re­quired lead-paint in­spec­tions — and then ly­ing about it to fed­eral of­fi­cials. Those in­spec­tions are meant to see that young kids aren’t at risk for lead poi­son­ing.

Yet not only were the in­spec­tions not done, and kids’ health jeop­ar­dized, but of­fi­cials then filed fraud­u­lent state­ments to the feds. Can you spell c-o-v-e-r-u-p?

“DOI’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion found that NYCHA failed to do crit­i­cal lead-safety in­spec­tions and then falsely cer­ti­fied that they were meet­ing these le­gal re­quire­ments,” said DOI Com­mis­sioner Mark Peters. And this was “the fourth time in two years that DOI has found NYCHA to be care­less when it comes to tenant safety.”

Nor was this a mere over­sight: Top of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing agency boss Shola Ola­toye, were specif­i­cally “made aware” that NYCHA was out of com­pli­ance, DOI says. Yet they nonethe­less submitted “cer­ti­fi­ca­tions” claim­ing in­spec­tions were done.

Now Peters & Co. want a mon­i­tor to pro­tect some 55,000 apart­ments.

Where has Mayor de Bla­sio been dur­ing all this — pre­tend­ing to be “trans­for­ma­tive”? Clearly he needs to be pick­ing bet­ter peo­ple. And keep­ing them in line.

Af­ter all, NYCHA is but the lat­est in a long list of abysmally fail­ing agen­cies un­der de Bla­sio, in­clud­ing many whose bosses had to step down: Home­less Ser­vices Com­mis­sioner Gil­bert Tay­lor; City­wide Ad­min­is­tra­tive Ser­vices chief Stacey Cum­ber­batch; Ad­min­is­tra­tion for Chil­dren’s Ser­vices head Gla­dys Car­rión; Cor­rec­tion Depart­ment boss Joseph Ponte.

Let’s see how long de Bla­sio stands by his NYCHA boss. Yet what­ever he does, this new­est dis­as­ter just fur­ther stains his reign of er­ror.

In May, af­ter Ponte be­came the lat­est to be forced out, we asked a pre­scient ques­tion: “Which agency will next stand re­vealed as hor­ri­bly mis­man­aged — the Hous­ing Au­thor­ity?”

Some­times we just hate to be proved right.

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