The head of the Department of Investigations is blasting NYCHA for failing to evict violent felons from its buildings.
DOI Commissioner Mark Peters called the public housing authority “dysfunctional” during an interview with The Cats Rountable Host John Catsimatidis Sunday on AM 970, questioning the agency’s commitment to keeping its law-abiding citizens safe.
“Earlier this year we did a very long-term investigation in which we arrested 18 people, including several NYCHA employees, and a number of other people for running a violent drug gang out of NYCHA housing,” said Peters, referencing a January bust in the Sheepshead Bay and Nostrand Houses in Brooklyn.
“In fact, one of the NYCHA employees we arrested actually got the drug dealers back into the NYCHA apartments so that they could use them as their base of operations,” he seethed. “Several of these violent gang members, in fact, had long arrest records, long conviction histories.”
Peters added that NYCHA was well aware of the presence of known violent offenders on their property, but repeatedly turned a blind eye.
“This is the third time we have issued a report pointing out that NYCHA essentially fails to take action even when they know there are violent felons committing violent crimes in NYCHA,” said the commish. “NYCHA simply refuses to take action to keep the rest of NYCHA tenants safe.”
NYCHA did not immediately return a request for comment.