NYCHA Hosts MWSBE Trade Show

On May 14, NYCHA held its third annual Minority-owned, Women-owned, and Small Business Enterprises (MWSBE) Trade Show at BNY Mellon. Approximately 240 MWSBEs attended to learn how to do business with NYCHA or companies with large NYCHA contracts, as well as with city, state, and federal agencies. Twenty-eight organizations staffed exhibits, including Con Edison, the… MORE

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NYCHA and Teamsters Local 237 Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

On May 18, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that NYCHA and Teamsters Local 237, which represents about 5,500 NYCHA employees, reached a tentative contract deal. The employees affected by the new contract includes caretakers, housing assistants, and building superintendents, among others. The proposed contract includes a 10 percent raise over seven and a half years,… MORE

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NYCHA Joins City’s Greening and Sustainability Initiative

General Manager Michael Kelly announced the official launch of NYCHA’s recycling program on May 29 at Steepshead/Nostrand Houses in Brooklyn, where he was joined by NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY)Commissioner Kathyrn Garcia and Mayor’s Office of Sustainability Director Nilda Mesa. “We are very excited to implement recycling at all of our 328 developments over the… MORE

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NYCHA and ConEd Partner for Cost Savings and Energy Efficiencies

NYCHA received $633,534 from Con Edison for $10 million in energy saving investments at NYCHA developments in Harlem, including 131 Saint Nicholas Avenue, Washington Houses, and Lexington Houses. The incentives offered by Con Edison were for investments NYCHA made to replace aging oil boiler equipment with 11 new, high-efficiency natural gas boilers and installation of… MORE

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Letter of Commendation to Staff at Cassidy/Lafayette Houses

“People usually tell you when you do something wrong but say nothing when you do something right,” explained Cassidy/Lafayette Houses Resident Association President Dr. Brenda L. Harris. That’s why she decided to write a letter to Queens-Staten Island Property Management Deputy Director Brenda Allen to commend Property Manager Prince Menjor, Property Maintenance Supervisor Eva Gonzalez (since reassigned),… MORE

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$1,000 Scholarships for NYCHA Residents

With the college year now over, there’s still one more important thing NYCHA’s hard working college students should do—apply for a $1,000 scholarship for NYCHA residents. The NYCHA-CUNY Resident Scholarship is awarded competitively to residents enrolled full-time as a sophomore, junior or senior at any City University of New York college, in an Associate or Baccalaureate degree… MORE

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Message from GM Kelly

In an email message to employees, General Manager Michael Kelly addressed aspects of the NextGen plan that concern some staff. “One aspect of the plan that I know employees have questions about is the strategy to reduce central office staff by approximately 1,000 employees over the course of the next three years….I want to emphasize… MORE

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NextGeneration NYCHA is Here

On May 19, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chair and CEO Shola Olatoye announced NextGeneration NYCHA (NextGen), a comprehensive ten-year plan to stabilize the financial crisis facing New York City’s public housing and deliver long-needed improvements to residents’ quality of life. The plan will change the way NYCHA is funded, managed, and how it serves… MORE

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NYCHA Notables

Sibyl Colon When Manhattan Administrator Sibyl Colon heard frantic knocking on her apartment door last fall, she rushed out of the shower to find her neighbor of 25 years collapsed in the hallway. After screaming for her son to call 911, Ms. Colon knew exactly what else to do. She applied CPR to the unconscious… MORE

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Caretakers Build Career Path

Earlier this year, 11 caretakers were hard at work demolishing old plaster walls and putting up new ones at Manhattanville Houses. But they weren’t working in residents’ apartments or  common spaces. They were in the basement at the Training Center, taking their final exam. Through an agreement with Teamsters Local 237, the caretakers performed expanded… MORE

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You’ll Want to Get an IDNYC Card

If you think that IDNYC—the City’s government-issued identification card—is only valuable to people without government-issued photo IDs, think again. In addition to providing legal identification and access to City services, IDNYC brings many other advantages. Free, one-year memberships at 33 of the City’s leading cultural institutions, including the American Museum of Natural History, Lincoln Center,… MORE

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GM Cecil House Departs

Dear NYCHA Colleagues, I would like to extend my gratitude to Cecil for his two and a half years of service to the residents and employees of the Authority. From leading the effort to signifi cantly reduce maintenance backlogs to introducing tools to effi ciently manage NYCHA properties and improve customer service, he has been… MORE

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Proverb Contest: It’s the Thought That Counts
PRO•VERB: a short pithy saying in general use, stating a general truth or piece of advice.

NYCHANow is continuing the “Wit and Wisdom in the Workplace” proverb contest! Here’s a chance  to share sayings, axioms or mottoes from your childhood or cultural background that many of us may not have heard. Originality counts; less familiar or original proverbs will be rated higher by our judges. Don’t put off for tomorrow what… MORE

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Kilsys Payamps-Roure Honored

Kilsys Payamps-Roure, Special Assistant to NYCHA Chair and CEO Shola Olatoye, was honored by the New York City Council during its celebration of Dominican Republic Independence Day on  February 23. About 200 people joined in the festivities at the City Council, which featured performances by Shacara McLaurin, who sang the National Anthem, the P.S. 257… MORE

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Women’s History Month Celebration

On Tuesday, March 24, about one hundred NYCHA employees celebrated Women’s History  Month. The event featured a keynote address by Terri McCullough, Director of No Ceilings: The Full  Participation Project, a Clinton Foundation initiative. The evening was emceed by Community  Programs and Development EVP Melanie Hart. NYCHA Chair and CEO Shola Olatoye introduced Terri McCullough… MORE

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Say Hello: Get to Know NYCHA Leadership
David Pristin Appointed Chief of Staff June 2014

Q: What are your job responsibilities? A: In addition to managing the day-to-day operations of the Chair’s office, I support the planning and implementation of policies and directives; communicate with NYCHA departments on agency initiatives; and serve as a liaison to the Authority’s many external partners. Q: You worked in several key positions for the… MORE

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Teamsters President Recognized Longtime NYCHA Employee

February was a momentous month for Nathaniel Williams Jr. The Supervisor of Housing Caretakers (SOHC) at Lincoln Houses celebrated his 36th anniversary as a NYCHA employee. And the president of the Local 237 Teamsters Union, Gregory Floyd, presented him with the  Teamsters’ President’s Award at the union’s annual Black History Celebration. The event celebrated the… MORE

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Welcome Readers

Welcome to NYCHANow, our new and improved employee newsletter. We’ve updated the design and distribution plan: you’ll receive NYCHANow in your email once a month to start. Please let us  know how you like the newsletter and if you have events, accomplishments, program changes or other news that you want covered. You can reach us… MORE

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Staff Changes Support New Strategic Direction

On January 23, Chair and CEO Shola Olatoye and General Manager Cecil House announced significant operational and staffing changes that will position the Authority to implement key initiatives, including NextGeneration NYCHA, the agency’s ten-year strategic investment plan, and the recently launched Optimal Property Management Operating Model (OPMOM) pilot, which empowers property managers with far greater… MORE

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