NYCHA'S Hope

NYCHA'S Hope

Amsterdam News Sits Down with NYCHA Chair Shola Olatoye

By Nayaba Arinde, Amsterdam News, March 1, 2018

Relentless and vitriolic has been the focused assault on NYCHA in general and the city agency’s Chair and CEO Shola Olatoye in particular.

“I am solution-based,” Olatoye said in an exclusive interview this week. As she wrangles the burgeoning behemoth of a city within the city, “Let’s build a bigger table” is the mantra that Olatoye wants to emphasize as she seeks citizen, public, and private partners to slay NYCHA’s demons. “I understand the anger. I hear the frustration as the head of this agency, but as I always say to my staff, ‘OK, so what’s your plan? Come to me with solutions.’ I don’t have all the answers. This is 40 years here – you guys want solutions in four years.”

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