For New York City’s 400,000 public housing residents, moisture building up in bathrooms is an enemy that spawns toxic mold and must be vanquished. But NYCHA staff can’t keep up with the demand for repairs.

At the Washington Houses in East Harlem, a NYCHA superintendent in charge of mold inspections allegedly found a simple way to solve this dilemma:

Pretend the moisture isn’t there.

The superintendent and his staff last year began reporting bogus data on the presence of moisture in apartments — falsely claiming there wasn’t enough present to require a cleanup inside apartments they’d inspected, according to a recent report by the federal monitor overseeing NYCHA.

Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY The Washington Houses in East Harlem For New York City’s 400,000 public housing residents, moisture building up in bathrooms is an enemy that spawns toxic mold and must be vanquished. But NYCHA staff can’t keep up with the demand for repairs.

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