Assemblyman Cymbrowitz Commends Agreement Formalizing Relationship Between NYCHA and Resident Leadership

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NEW YORK :____ Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D-Brooklyn), Chair of the Assembly Housing Committee, is commending the groundbreaking Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) finalized by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and Citywide Council of Presidents (CCOP) that officially recognizes CCOP’s role in advising across all areas of NYCHA’s policymaking and operations.

The agreement, the first of its kind since 1993, formalizes the relationship between resident leadership and the Authority and lays the foundation for ongoing collaboration between NYCHA and this key body of residents that represents all the residents of the public housing community.

The CCOP is the resident association government of the duly elected associations of the public housing developments of NYCHA. CCOP represents the 359,593 residents in over 168,100 apartments within 285 housing developments in New York City, and serves as the official recognized voice of residents to NYCHA, government, and the city and community at-large.

The MOA, signed by NYCHA Chair & CEO Greg Russ and CCOP Chair Daniel Barber, establishes a framework for how NYCHA and CCOP will work together to improve the operations and management of NYCHA, increase resident participation, and better address the issues that are most important to residents. It also outlines how NYCHA and CCOP will share information and sets standards for communication between NYCHA and resident leadership.

“This Memorandum of Agreement is significant because for the first time in almost 30 years it affirms in writing that the resident leaders of NYCHA have a voice in improving the operations and management of NYCHA and that their role will be meaningful in determining their own future,” Assemblyman Cymbrowitz said.

“Chair Russ of NYCHA must be commended for his work in engaging with resident leaders and now formalizing the ongoing partnership between NYCHA and the CCOP,” he said.

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