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NYCHA admits chilling policy: Heat wasn’t turned on until temps reached below freezing

For years, the authority wouldn't turn the heat on unless temps fell below 25 degrees

December 18, 2015 11:00AM

Holmes Towers on the Upper East Side

Holmes Towers on the Upper East Side

In some public housing developments, the temperatures have needed to be literally below freezing for the heat to be turned on.

The New York City Housing Authority has admitted that for years  it generally wouldn’t turn the heat on at night unless the temperatures outside fell below 25 degrees, the Daily News reported. The agency changed the threshold to 40 degrees in October 2013, but 20 percent of the authority’s 328 developments still abided by the 25-degree policy. David Farber, general counsel for the housing authority, promised that all the developments would operate by the 40-degree rule by the end of the week.

Robert Knapp, director of NYCHA’s heating management services unit, had previously said that the authority turned off the heat in its buildings between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. when temperatures outside exceeded 20 degrees.  [NYDN]Kathryn Brenzel