- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 15, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Comptroller Scott Stringer is warning that New York City’s public housing system is not ready to handle emergencies.

Stringer released an audit of the New York City Housing Authority on Tuesday that said the agency does not have a clear chain of command in a disaster.

He also said the authority, known as NYCHA, does not maintain accurate databases of generators needed in a power failure or of disabled residents who may need extra help to evacuate.

More than 80,000 NYCHA residents lost essential services when Superstorm Sandy struck three years ago.

A NYCHA spokesman criticized the report, accusing Stringer of “cherry picking data” and “painting an outdated picture” of the public housing system.

More than 400,000 New Yorkers reside in NYCHA’s 328 housing developments.

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