With no public input, Campos Plaza I in the East Village, was sold with other project-based, Section 8 buildings in 2014 by the de Blasio Administration to a consortium of private real estate developers. The lack of transparency in the sale of public housing assets is only getting worse. Source : File Photograph

With NYCHA undergoing so much change, Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office, once critical about lack of Government transparency, now working with no openness

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for New York’s southern district, which first revealed in 2016 information about the New York City Housing Authority’s lead poisoning crisis, now violates transparency by operating in the dark.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio, left, signed a settlement agreement with HUD that provides $1 billion less to the New York City Housing Authority, or NYCHA, than was previously required to be provided under a prior consent decree that was deemed inadequate ; the office of U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman, right, refuses to explain or account for the fewer settlement funds being provided to NYCHA. The U.S. Attorney's Office had been investigating NYCHA for violations of physical condition standards. The investigation was recently concluded, and it led to the ouster of interim NYCHA CEO Stanley Brezenoff. Left to Right : City of New York and U.S. Attorney's Office. Background : File Photograph. (Public Domain or Fair Use)

SDNY prosecutors refuse to explain why new HUD settlement with NYCHA calls for de Blasio and City of New York to contribute $1 billion less to public housing

Federal prosecutors won’t explain a $1 billion drop in the NYCHA settlement fund in face of speculation that Bart Schwartz will serve as the first outside, Federal monitor of the troubled public housing authority.

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U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman announced a settlement with NYCHA that only asked the City of New York to set aside pennies on the dollar toward what NYCHA needs to fully fund its capital improvement budget. Official Photograph/U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman turns back on NYCHA tenants after woefully inadequate repair fund settlement

U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman celebrated the announcement of a repair fund for NYCHA residents that has since been revealed to be woefully inadequate.

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LETTER FROM NEW YORK : Is it premature hope to think that the vigor with which Federal prosecutors reached a plea deal with Michael Cohen will translate into greater accountability of politicians in New York City Hall ? New York City Hall : 9 May 2007 (CC BY SA 3.0 by Momos)

As Federal prosecutors bring politically-sensitive cases in an election year, do New York City Hall and City Council find themselves in uncharted waters ?

As the U.S. Attorney’s Office brings political prosecutions in an election year, can voters expect justice when significant Government officials lie to the public ?

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