Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks at Taft Houses, 65 E. 112th St., in East Harlem./(photo by Betsy Kim)

NEW YORK CITY—As the former head of HUD and secretary of HUD, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has seen public housing in every state. “The conditions I’ve seen here in NYCHA are some of the worst I have seen anywhere and the shame is NYCHA at one time was the model of public housing,” said the governor at a rally at the Taft housing project in East Harlem on Saturday. “It has gone from best to the worst.”

He compared Taft Houses to “a bad Dickens novel,” where the heat goes on and off and children are living with asthma in units with mold. He said the city could not claim to be the progressive capitol of the country with people living in the filth of New York City Housing Authority homes.

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Betsy Kim

Betsy Kim was the bureau chief, East Coast, and New York City reporter for Real Estate Forum and As a lawyer and journalist, Betsy has worked as the director of editorial and content for LexisNexis, a TV/multi-media journalist for NBC and CBS affiliated TV stations in the Midwest, and an associate producer at Court TV.

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