Judge Orders Immediate Repairs at Smith Houses

Residents of the Smith Houses and community activists held a news conference last month.

Residents of the Smith Houses and community activists held a news conference last month.

Last month, residents of the Alfred E. Smith Houses announced they were suing the New York City Housing Authority for failing to make repairs at the 12-building complex alongside the East River.  Last week, a housing court judge rejected NYCHA’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit and ordered the agency to begin clearing maintenance requests immediately.  NYCHA officials said they would get started this week.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of more than 300 tenants by lawyers from the Urban Justice Center’s Community Development Project and New York Lawyers for the Public Interest.  Those attorneys say the ruling could be “precedent-setting,” with potential implications for other public housing developments across the city.   The Daily News has more details here.