- Associated Press - Saturday, January 30, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - A powerful elected official and union leader have called for a state takeover of New York City’s public housing.

The Daily News reports (https://nydn.us/1SgkEcu ) Saturday that Assemblyman Keith Wright says he’s ready to introduce legislation to facilitate the transfer.

The nation’s largest public housing system has 328 developments inhabited by more than 400,000 New Yorkers.

But years of mismanagement and divestment from state and federal authorities have left developments rife with physical problems and much-needed repairs.

Wright and Teamsters Local 27 President Greg Floyd want to stop a city plan to lease New York City Housing Authority land for market-rate development.

A spokeswoman for Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH’-zee-oh) told the paper Wright and Floyd are playing politics.

She said the city’s plan will boost revenue for the repairs.

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Information from: Daily News, https://www.nydailynews.com

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