Democratic candidate for governor Cynthia Nixon was the latest political figure to check out the state of the city's public housing, touring a New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) complex in Brooklyn on Wednesday morning.
"It was really awful. It was really devastating," the lifelong New Yorker said after her first trip inside a city public housing development. "This isn't just a housing crisis; this is a health crisis."
Her tour of the Albany Houses in Crown Heights came a week after Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams reached out on Twitter:
He said he wanted Nixon to hear directly from tenants who've lived through "years of government neglect."
Adams's office said the meeting was not an endorsement, but he has been critical of the state's handling of public housing in the past.
Nixon slammed Gov. Andrew Cuomo for not directing more state money towards fixing the aging apartment complexes, where chronic leaks and mold persist. She said the state should be budgeting $1 billion this year for the public housing authority.
Cuomo, who Nixon has clashed with since she launched her campaign to challenge the fellow Democrat earlier this month, has toured three NYCHA developments in the last month.
He has pledged $250 million in aid to the agency to help address mold, lead, and boiler issues, which he blames on the Bill de Blasio administration.
"I don't know how Gov. Cuomo can have toured NYCHA housing three times in the last week-and-a-half and have seen what we have seen and not be putting a billion dollars into the budget," Nixon said at a press conference outside the Albany Houses complex.
Criticizing the state of public housing in the city is a little bit tricky for Nixon because it is her friend, Mayor Bill de Blasio, who controls the city's public housing, not the governor.
"When I am the governor, I am sure that the mayor and I will disagree on a whole host of issues, but I can promise you we won't get into this kind of a pissing contest," Nixon said.
Meanwhile, Cuomo is still facing fallout after telling a black congregation Sunday that Jewish people don't have as much rhythm as black people or Catholics.
"We are not as not as without rhythm as some of our Jewish brothers and sisters," Cuomo had said.
A Jewish newspaper, The Forward, challenged Cuomo to a dance-off.
"Andrew Cuomo, we reject your conceit that we are bad at dancing as well as your belief that you can endear yourself to other minority groups by mocking us and get away with it," The Forward wrote in an article.
Cuomo's press secretary has said the governor was poking fun at himself and a longtime friend who was in the audience.