New Scathing Report & Survey on Mold in NYCHA Unveiled

New Scathing Report & Survey on Mold in NYCHA Unveiled

While mold remains unabated, Senators fight for legislation to protect NYCHA tenants

(Source: New York Senate) New York, NY — Senators Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and Marisol Alcantara (D-Manhattan), joined by tenant leaders, NYCHA mold victims, the Citywide Council of Presidents, At Risk Community Services, the Black Institute and advocates, issued a new, disturbing report, “Break the Mold: Cleaning Up NYCHA’s Mess.”

This report comes on the heels of the Independent Democratic Conference’s report, “The New Flint,” which compared the lead scandal at NYCHA to the lead-water crisis in Flint, Michigan. The new investigation and survey looked at mold and lack of remediation efforts in NYCHA buildings across all five boroughs.

More that 59% of NYCHA residents surveyed said they had problems with mold, which could result in serious lung and respiratory problems.

“NYCHA lets our tenants live in the most squalid, unlivable conditions imaginable and we must stand up on behalf of the 400,000 people who live there and demand that they clean up their act. Mold, lead and leaks lead to serious health problems and NYCHA tenants, living in the city’s largest affordable housing stock, deserve better. These human rights violations will not be tolerated and I will continue to fight for the safety and rights of these tenants,”  said Senator Klein.

“The problems in NYCHA in multiple areas including lead paint, life-threatening mold, and failing boiler maintenance expose the complete culture change that is required at the agency. Public housing residents and elected officials alike deserve answers, not more of the same complacent attitude and disrespect which NYCHA officials have given them. My Occupant Protection Plan bill would require NYCHA to post signs when areas of lead poisoning are found, giving NYCHA residents the ability to take their own precautions and hold NYCHA accountable,” said Senator Alcantara.

The IDC surveyed NYCHA residents in all five boroughs regarding mold and the authority’s response.


Key Findings

●       59% of those surveyed reported that they have found mold in their apartment

●       56% reported that it took more than two weeks to respond, or never did respond

●    24% of those surveyed responded that it took management more than a month to remove the mold

●       24% responded that someone in their household suffers from asthma

●     52% responded that they have had or have leaking roofs, windows, or pipes that has caused water to leak into the apartment

Mold exposure, even at 24 to 48 hours, could result in health issues like itchy and watery eyes. Prolonged exposure leads to serious lung and respiratory problems, and exacerbates problems for asthma sufferers, making it important to remedy mold and the moisture issues that create mold immediately.

The Authority does not employ professionals trained in mold remediation, and had itself removed from a law that required certified workers perform such work. The IDC wants to close this loophole.

The IDC will be advocating for legislation for the state to declare a state of emergency at NYCHA and for design build in NYCHA buildings to expedite repairs.

The New York State Senate passed the IDC’s legislation to install a state-appointed independent NYCHA Monitor, who would be a watchdog and ensure money invested in public housing is spent appropriately, this independent monitor would report to the Assembly, Senate and Governor.

Senator Klein would like residents to have input on the Independent Monitor’s selection and called on the Council of Presidents to convene to discuss the selection of a candidate for the job.

To clean-up the mess NYCHA has left residents with the IDC has proposed a package of legislation including:

  • Closing the NYCHA Mold loophole – NYCHA cut itself out of a law requiring certified professionals to abate mold. The IDC wants to close that loophole and mandate that licensed professionals perform mold remediation in NYCHA apartments.
  • City Council oversight – The New York State Senate also passed legislation to increase transparency by empowering the New York City Council to get the information they seek from NYCHA when their members request it.
  • Requiring 311 to accept NYCHA complaints – Currently NYHCA complaints are fielded directly by NYCHA and there is no public record or accountability. Requiring 311 to take and track complaints would provide transparency and allow residents to better track action.
  • The Repair Certificate Program – With buildings in dire need of repair, we need experienced developers to make quality, expedited fixes. In exchange experts would receive zoning bonuses for other projects.
  • Lead Based Paint Reports – This legislation would require NYCHA to submit lead based paint reports to the legislature, which would include valuable information on lead paint inspections by the authority.
  • Property tax abatements for lead removal – This legislation incentivizes the removal of lead paint from buildings by providing owners with a tax abatement to keep their tenants safe.
  • Mandatory lead screening for children – This legislation would require children to be screened for lead when they enter kindergarten, second or fourth grade.
  • Follow-ups for children who test for elevated blood levels – Primary care physicians would be required to conduct follow-up tests to monitor blood lead levels if a child tests for elevated lead levels. In addition, the state must ensure there is a full environmental review of the child’s home if elevated blood lead levels are found.
  • The Occupant Protection Plan – Buildings inspected between 2012 and 2018 would have to be re-inspected for lead paint. All buildings constructing in 1978 or earlier would have to develop plans to protect occupants from the hazards of lead paint.

“What NYCHA is doing is simply HORRIFIC. Close to 400,000 low income and poor residents are being poisoned, and NYCHA is solely responsible for doing nothing and blatantly lying about this dire situation. Black and Brown people are suffering from this lead paint epidemic. TBI believes that these six (6) proposed legislative solutions are a very necessary step in the right direction to begin protecting the residents of NYCHA and we will be active in this ongoing fight to better the lives of all NYCHA residents,” said Bertha Lewis, Founder of The Black Institute.

“CCOP has heard the cries of the Residents of Public Housing  and we will stand TOGETHER AND SPEAK IN ONE VOICE to say, ‘ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.’   We will not continue to sit by and accept the deplorable conditions that the Residents have been forced to endure for so many years. We the Residents of Public Housing are truly Living a tale of the Two Cities.  However we too have a voice and we are speaking out,” said Daniel BarberChair of the Citywide Council of Presidents.

“The problems regarding NYCHA mold remediation are well known.  This goes for mold as well as lead, vermin and a host of other issues the tenants are facing every day. The lawsuit that was jointly filed on behalf of At-Risk Community Services, Inc. and CCOP, against NYCHA, is specifically focused on getting them to step up and fix all of the things that are broken, including mold,” said Elie Hechtattorney-spokesman of At Risk Community Services.

“With alarming frequency I hear about mold infestations throughout my development. Nobody should be subjected to these very avoidable conditions, and I’m thankful that Senator Klein and the IDC continue to expose this recurring problem. The next step to help alleviate this issue is to ensure certified professionals remediate the mold, which is exactly what the legislation mentioned today aims to do,” said Monique JohnsonPresident of Throggs Neck Resident Council.

“The people who live in NYCHA housing are entitled to live in the same standards that those in Park Slope or on the Upper Eastside are entitled to. Gracie Mansion isn’t complaining about mold issue nor should NYCHA residents, “stated Community Advocate Tony Herbert/Chair of The NAACP-NYCHA Branch’s Citywide Civic Engagement Committee.


California Teen With Mold in Her Lungs Defies the Odds by Running the NYC Half-Marathon

California Teen With Mold in Her Lungs Defies the Odds by Running the NYC Half-Marathon

I just came across this story of a Visalia, California teen, Ciera Sesock who just ran is the New York City Half Marathon after being diagnosed last year with a chronic lung infection and disease caused by the mold known as Aspergillus. It has been estimated by scientists, that there are 600,000 deaths annually worldwide as result of this fungus.

The 13-year-old girl suffers from what is known as “allergic Broncho-Pulmonary Aspergillosis.”

Pulmonary aspergilloma is caused by colonization and proliferation of Aspergillus in the lungs. The fungus mixes with mucus and cellular debris within the lungs to form a aspergilloma or fungal ball. It is caused by the inhalation of the Aspergillus fungal spores. The symptoms include a excess mucus, a cough, coughing up fungal balls, chest pain, sputum, hemosputum, hemoptysis or fever.

Channel 30 ABC News reported that her mother had Ciera decided to run in the race this past December in order to honor her aunt who passed away from lung cancer two years ago.

Ciera ran the half-marathon for the American Cancer Society and finished the 13-mile run in two hours and 36-minutes.

She also received the Tim Cohn Award for inspiration last night, according to Channel 30 ABC News.


How heat pumps create mold and what you can do to prevent it

How heat pumps create mold and what you can do to prevent it

Heat pumps are becoming a popular and cheaper alternative to the traditional gas-fired units and HVAC systems for the heating and cooling of our properties.

The most common type for residential properties is called an “air source heat pump” which is a device that transfers warm air into its coils during the winter and cool air into your home during the summer to increase your heating and cooling efficiency. (more…)

Antifungal Medications Help Autistic Children the Most

Antifungal Medications Help Autistic Children the Most

I would like to share with you an interesting survey from 2009 by the Autism Research Institute of over 27,000 parents’ reports that parents find antifungals, diets, and supplements to be the most effective remedies for improvement in their autistic children. I believe the most important take from this research is that the prescription antifungals outperformed ALL the other prescription drugs.

This is important news for parents because many of these autistic children have severe gastrointestinal problems and fungi AKA molds appear to be causing the most harm. The list of symptoms connected to the GI tract in autistic children also mimic the same GI issues for people who have been exposed to toxic mold and have fungal infections as a result. The main fungal culprit implicated in autism is Candida albicans (Edelson, 2006).

You can trust this research because since 1967 the Autism Research Institute has been collecting parent ratings of the usefulness of the many interventions tried on their autistic children. There is simply no agency in the world that can come close to the research and data on autism that they have collected over the last 50 years.

The data collected from the parent’s responses were based on a six-point scale that was divided into three categories: “made worse” (ratings 1 and 2), “no effect” (ratings 3 and 4), and “made better” (ratings 5 and 6). The “Better:Worse” column gives the number of children who “Got Better” for each one who “Got Worse.”

As I mentioned above, incredibly, the prescription antifungals performed the best out of every single prescription drug. For example, the parents who reported using the antifungal Diflucan saw 62% of the children get better and only 5% get worse. The parents who used the antifungal Nystatin saw 52% of the autistic children’s behavioral problems get better and only 5% get worse.

One of my favorite mentors and authors, Doug Kaufman from Know the Cause had made the connection between antifungals helping autism in 2013. Kaufman said that n 2007-scientists publish that the drug “Suramin” has powerful antifungal properties

He said that is 2013 the San Diego School of Medicine researchers have discovered that a drug called “Suramin” corrected autism-like symptoms in mice. San Diego researchers state that their success using Suramin for autism, “offers a fresh and exciting new path that could lead to the development of a new class of drugs to treat autism.”

Kaufman emphasized, “Better research and safe drugs already exist to treat autism!”

In 1998, Neurologist Jay Lombard published (The Brain Wellness Plan) that the harmless gut antifungal drug Nystatin arrested autism symptoms in children he treated. May I suggest sparing we tax payers a $1 billion dollar price tag to “development of a new class of drugs to treat autism” and spare children the exposure to new (and most likely, toxic) drug development?

He concluded, “Don’t researchers use Google searches to show that this work has already been done?”

Here is a copy of the 2009 survey Autism Research Institute. Please share this article with your friends and spread the word on social media.

Washington Nationals Manager Says Players Sick from Chicago Mold and Weather Changes

Washington Nationals Manager Says Players Sick from Chicago Mold and Weather Changes

Dusty Baker, the manager of the Washington

Nationals baseball team recently told reporters an interview that several players have been feeling under the weather. Baker said, “Alot of my team is under the weather with the change of weather, A/C, hotel…this is the time of year for mold around Chicago”.

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