Representatives of NYCHA, headed by Chair Shola Olatoye, and of de Blasio's office, which is ultimately responsible for NYCHA, have on several occasions pushed back against Stringer's audits.
They cite many changes implemented over the past year and a half since de Blasio's inauguration.
There has been back-and-forth as the administration and the comptroller's office continue to argue over the data used in the audits and whether Stringer's reports give enough credit for work already underway.
But what all stakeholders, including de Blasio, Stringer, Olatoye
, Torres, and others do agree on is the need for reform.
"This administration, this mayor, from day one has made the Housing Authority a key component of his
recently told NY1
Torres has expressed support for de Blasio and Olatoye thus far, even co-authoring a Daily News op-ed with a NYCHA resident association president in June.
But, they say that they know they can work with Olatoye
and that "it's clear to us, and should be clear to all New Yorkers, that Mayor de Blasio has made the city's Housing Authority a priority."
The Council hearings will give NYCHA
a new, very public chance to respond to the comptroller's data and highlight progress under the new administration.
So far, NYCHA's response to the succession of Stringer audits has been mixed, at times accepting and at other times defensive.
In a joint press conference with the comptroller on May 15, after an audit of NYCHA's supply inventory, Olatoye
took a conciliatory tone.
"I thank the Comptroller for uncovering some troubling deficiencies in our supply chain and inventory management practices that hamper our ability to provide timely and quality service to our residents," she said.
While conceding some problems, NYCHA
has also defended itself on occasion and responded to some of the criticism in the comptroller's audits, contending the use of outdated information and pointing to reforms made under de Blasio and Olatoye
The series began with Stringer's first audit of NYHCA, released July 24, 2014.
The audit criticized the housing authority for depriving residents of wages by not ensuring that contractors comply with federal laws mandating that 30 percent of new hires are NYCHA residents and low-income New Yorkers.
The audit looked at capital project contracts that NYCHA
awarded between 2010 and 2012.
NYCHA pushed back, questioning the numbers used - its response read, "Under the new leadership of New York Housing Authority Chair and CEO Shola Olatoye, NYCHA is proud of its job growth and retention initiatives that continue to support our residents and the NYC economy too, so we're disappointed to see these efforts so publically [sic] misrepresented with old and incomplete data."
He did add, though, "I know that NYCHA Chair Shola Olatoye is committed to turning the Authority around.
"This is 40 years of neglect that is not going to change in 15 months," Olatoye
said on NY1