Congratulations

Ivo Nikolic, formerly Administrator in NYCHA’s Elevator Services and Repair Department, was promoted to Director of Materials Management. In this capacity, Mr. Nikolic is responsible for oversight and operation of the LIC warehouse and the satellite warehouses. In addition to his experience at NYCHA—where he managed NYC Department of Buildings- mandated elevator inspections, elevator contracts… MORE

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“I am NextGen” Employees Denise Torres and Robert White

The “I am NextGeneration NYCHA” campaign continues to bring to the attention of the public outstanding employees, residents, and supporters of NYCHA who embody the commitment to service that’s required to transform our NextGeneration NYCHA vision of safe, clean and connected communities into a reality. The October issue of NYCHANow featured Supervisor of Caretakers Harrison… MORE

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Ethics Inquiries Phone Numbers

The holiday season can bring job-related questions about receiving gifts or other gratuities. Employees may obtain confidential information concerning potential conflicts of interest matters from NYCHA’s Law Department. Questions regarding public servants’ obligations under the NYC Conflicts of Interest Law may be directed to a NYCHA agency attorney at: (212) 306-3355. Employees, who may remain… MORE

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Safety During the Holidays
A message from Vice President for Public Safety Gerald (“Chief”) Nelson

The holidays are a time of joyful celebration with our friends and loved ones. Unfortunately, this fun can come to an abrupt end if you become the victim of a crime or fire. Around the holidays, burglaries, thefts (especially credit card and identify theft) and fires tend to increase. To assist the employees and residents… MORE

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Municipal Credit Union College Scholarship

The Municipal Credit Union is currently accepting applications for its 2016 Scholarship Program. This year, MCU will award $66,000 in scholarship grants to college-bound high school seniors, including eight memorial scholarships worth $45,000 each and thirteen grants of $2,000 each, respectively. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2016. Eligibility for participation in the program… MORE

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Congratulations on the Following Recent Appointments and Promotions

Janet Abrahams recently joined NYCHA as Vice President of Operations overseeing the Optimal Property Management Operating Model (OPMOM) program. The success of this pilot effort to improve basic maintenance and repair service is critical to the management and progress of our NextGeneration NYCHA goals. Ms. Abrams comes to NYCHA from the Newark Housing Authority, where… MORE

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Sandy Recovery Open House Shows NYCHA is Building Back Better & Stronger

The Office of Disaster Recovery hosted a Sandy Recovery Open House on October 1 for staff and invited guests to introduce them to design innovations that will vastly improve the lives of NYCHA residents living in Sandy-damaged developments. Improvements include new construction plans that feature protected mechanical and heating systems, flood barriers, and strengthened security… MORE

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Intergovernmental Affairs Hosts Public Housing and Section 8 Workshop

Community liaisons for elected officials are often called upon by NYCHA’s customers for assistance with the Authority’s public housing and Section 8 programs. On September 30, almost 100 of these frontline aides to City Council Members, State Assembly Members, State Senators, and Congress Members filled the Ceremonial Room at 90 Church Street to learn more… MORE

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A Big Idea for Improving Supervisor-Employee Relations

Congratulations to Kenneth Cox, Administrative Staff Analyst in the Customer Operations Department, who is the winner of the fourth What’s the Big Idea contest. The Challenge Question concerned how to improve the relationship between employees and their supervisors. Mr. Cox’s winning idea is to initiate a training program that develops supervisors’ skills to build and sustain… MORE

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NextGeneration NYCHA: First 100 Days

Marking NextGeneration (NextGen) NYCHA’s first 100 days, Chair and CEO Shola Olatoye announced progress, major achievements and reforms since the Authority’s 10-year strategic plan was launched in May. With increased transparency, infrastructure improvements, and stakeholder engagement, NYCHA is taking meaningful steps to change the way it does business and become a more modern, effective and… MORE

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Launching the Fund for Public Housing

Rasmia Kirmani-Frye, the Director of NYCHA’s Office of Public/Private Partnerships, has been hard at work launching the Fund for Public Housing, an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. A key NextGeneration NYCHA strategy, the Fund will increase investment in NYCHA communities, making them safer, cleaner, and more connected. It will be an important part of NYCHA’s transformation… MORE

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Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting

The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) has presented NYCHA with its prestigious Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its current budget. 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 of Recognition… MORE

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Two New Employee Organizations Join the Mix

In June, we reported on the newest employee oganization— LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning). Since then, two more employee organizations have entered the scene. In fact, there are so many employee organizations that one of the new ones—the Coalition of NYCHA Employee Organizations (CoNEO)—has been formed to provide all of them with a… MORE

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Congratulations on the Following Appointments and Promotions

Nicole Ferreira rejoined NYCHA in February 2015 as a Senior Director in the Development Department. As a leader of the senior team, Ms. Ferreira oversees the development pipeline and ensures the development process is timely and well-organized. She is also responsible for leading the team to execute NextGerneration NYCHA strategic initiatives for both the preservation… MORE

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Free IT Job Training Courses

Per Scholas is offering free IT job training courses for NYCHA residents and community members (including NYCHA employees) interested in receiving their CompTIA A+and MCTS certifications. CompTIA A+ is an entrylevel computer certification for PC computer service technicians. The exam is designed to certify the competency of entry-level PC computer service professionals in installing, maintaining,… MORE

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Get to Know NYCHA Leadership: Say Hello to Bomee Jung

“Collaboration and transparency… get the best results.” Bomee Jung joined NYCHA as Vice President for Energy and Sustainability on July 6. Prior to that, she served in various leadership positions at Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., a national leader in greening affordable housing, and on the City’s Planning Commission. During her tenure with Enterprise, Bomee is… MORE

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NYCHA Attorneys Make House Calls

This summer General Counsel David Farber invited NYCHA’s attorneys to a series of visits to the field. Seventy-five attorneys along with legal interns accepted the invitation. These trips provided an opportunity for the attorneys to meet NYCHA’s borough leadership, development management, and other teams; inspect NYCHA buildings from roof to basement; and interact with development… MORE

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Say Hello: Get to Know NYCHA Leadership

Gerald Nelson joined NYCHA as Vice President for Public Safety on August 3, 2015. In this role, he is responsible for planning, organizing and directing all of NYCHA’s public safety services and activities, ensuring the provision of general law enforcement, criminal investigation, fire suppression and prevention, rescue and emergency medical services, disaster responses, nuisance abatement… MORE

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NYCHA Notables

As the Broadband Initiatives manager in IT’s Infrastructure Department, Anthony Palermo has been working to provide telecommunications and other services for residents since the TIES (telecommunications, internet, entertainment and security) initiative he began in 2001. Since 2006, the 36-year NYCHA veteran has focused on utilizing existing and providing additional infrastructure for broadband. “NYCHA has been… MORE

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An Interview with OPMOM Asset Manager James Artis

James Artis was a property maintenance supervisor at Gompers Houses before his promotion to asset manager in the Optimal Property Management Operating Model (OPMOM) pilot. Asset managers work collaboratively with OPMOM property managers (PMs), offering a broad range of administrative, management and technical support, and sharing best practices based on resources in their geographic area.… MORE

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Congratulations on the Following Recent Appointments and Promotions

Sibyl Colon, formerly Administrator in the Manhattan Management Department, was promoted to Director of the Optimal Property Management Department (OPMOM). Ms. Colon is responsible for ensuring that the decentralized property management model adheres to all of NYCHA’s standard operating procedures and quality standards while streamlining operations. Robert Knapp, formerly Director of the Manhattan Management Department,… MORE

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NYCHA’s 2015 Safety Leaders

Lorraine Aponte, Chief Caretaker, Claremont Consolidated “for working with her supervisors as a Safety Asso-ciate, tackling safety issues and suggesting ways to prevent injuries ” Diane Babb, Caretaker J, Williamsburg Houses “for ensuring that improper practices were raised and addressed” Laverne Jusino, Caretaker X, Boston-Secor Houses “for being an effective Safety Associate, regularly reporting safety… MORE

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Rental Assistance Demonstration Brings Hope to Far Rockaway Residents

More than 200 residents of Ocean Bay/Bayside Apartments and members of the Far Rockaway community attended a meeting held by Councilmember Donovan Richards and NYCHA on June 24 to discuss the benefits of HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program. RAD enables public housing authorities to convert a select number of their traditional public housing units… MORE

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Request for Proposals Released for Affordable Housing on NYCHA Properties

On July 1, NYCHA released the “Request for Proposal” (RFP) for potential developers to expand 100 percent affordable housing opportunities at three NYCHA developments, including Ingersoll (Fort Greene, Brooklyn), Van Dyke (Brownsville, Brooklyn) and Mill Brook (Mott Haven, the Bronx.) The plan to create affordable senior and family housing on underused NYCHA property was the… MORE

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Summer Attire

Employees who serve in titles which require uniforms must wear them during work hours. All other employees are expected to dress in a manner that is appropriate for a business environment. All clothing worn during business hours should be neat and clean in appearance. Extremely informal and/ or clothing that reveals your cleavage, back, stomach… MORE

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