- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Mayor Bill de Blasio and U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro are announcing $100 million in investments to make New York City public housing more energy efficient.

De Blasio said Thursday in Brooklyn that the series of contracts would retrofit and upgrade over 300 New York City Housing Authority developments.

The move is part of de Blasio’s effort to make New York’s buildings greener. He aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050.

They were joined by Sen. Charles Schumer, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and other elected officials.

Last month, NYCHA (NY’-chuh) received a $3 billion FEMA grant to repair Superstorm Sandy damage.

The public housing system, the biggest in the nation, is home to more people than cities like Atlanta and Miami.

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