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Mayor Bill de Blasio File photo of Mayor Bill de Blasio speaking about affordable housing programs.

ALBANY—The same day state officials termed conditions at units at a New York City public housing project in the Bronx as disgusting, the state assembly passed legislation that could help expedite much needed repairs at New York City Housing Authority properties.

The assembly on Monday passed the bill sponsored by Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie that would allow the New York City Housing Authority to use the design-build process for repair projects. Design-build, which is used by some state agencies, such as the Department of Transportation, is a method of project delivery in which a single contract provides both design and construction services. The $3.9-billion Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project was built under a design-build process.

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