Say Hello to “J” Stakenburg, Director of the Office of Emergency Management

Jeffrey Stakenburg, formerly Emergency Manager at the Federal Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), was appointed Director of the Office of Emergency Management in July 2016. Mr. Stakenburg is responsible for coordinating NYCHA’s preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation efforts to minimize disruptions to the Authority’s operations and services in the event of a… MORE

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Resident Watch to Merge With City’s Emergency Response Team

NYCHA has teamed up with the Office of Emergency Management to merge the existing Resident Watch Program with the City’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), creating a more responsive community-based watch effort that will be an asset not just to NYCHA developments but also to surrounding communities. CERT trains volunteers for different types of disasters,… MORE

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Watch “Ras” at Urban Decision-Makers Conference

On July 19, Rasmia (“Ras”) Kirmani- Frye, President of the Fund for Public Housing and the Director of NYCHA’s Office of Public/Private Partnerships, participated in a conference sponsored by the New York Times called “Cities for Tomorrow: The Pre-eminent Conference for Urban Decision-Makers.” People value public systems such as police, libraries, parks, and schools but… MORE

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Same Reasons, Different Name

The Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) has announced the 2016 NYC Gives charitable campaign (previously known as the Combined Municipal Campaign). NYC Gives offers City employees an opportunity to contribute, through convenient payroll deductions, to a vetted group of charitable organizations that provide urgently needed services to local, state, national, and international communities. Since… MORE

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NYCHA Recognized for Excellence in Construction Management

The Construction Management Association of America’s (CMAA) New York and New Jersey chapter recognized the Authority for excellence in managing two major renovation projects at NYCHA developments—both of which were completed ahead of schedule—benefiting more than 6,800 residents. The Kingsborough Houses renovation project in Brooklyn, which started in September of 2013 and was expected to… MORE

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Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting

The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) presented NYCHA with its prestigious Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its current budget on August 8. The award represents a significant achievement by the Authority, as it reflects the commitment of NYCHA’s leadership and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. Along with the award, a Certificate… MORE

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Preserving NYCHA’s Artistic Heritage
by Aaron Schraeter, Community Coordinator, Resident Engagement Department

Millions of people visit New York every year to view great works of art in our City’s world-class museums, yet there are scores of works by great artists throughout the five boroughs on view for free at NYCHA developments. These masters include Heinz Warneke (Harlem River Houses), best known for his iconic sculpture of the… MORE

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Public Interest Design: Why Should Designers Work Inside Government?
by Jae Shin, Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow at NYCHA

Studying architecture for three years and practicing for four did not make me particularly interested in mold prevention or roof flashing for 80-year-old brick buildings. However, these aspects of building science are now priorities in my work as an Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow within the largest owneroperator of public housing in the nation, the New… MORE

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National Night Out

National Night Out, which brings together residents and the police to make communities safer, was celebrated across the country on August 2. Chair Shola Olatoye and Ingersoll Houses Resident Association President Anthony Sosa (in red) stand with members of the NYPD’s Police Service Area 3, who received a mayoral proclamation recognizing their partnership with the… MORE

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Get Your IDNYC Card

Chair Shola Olatoye signed up for a free IDNYC card at the August 2 opening of the Sedgwick Community Center pop-up IDNYC enrollment center in the Bronx – the first IDNYC pop-up at a NYCHA development. NYCHA residents and community members enrolled in the program to receive the free, government-issued ID, which allows card holders… MORE

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