New York City Housing Authority contractors remediate mold at LaGuardia Houses in Manhattan.
The parties in litigation over persistent mold problems in New York City public housing have agreed on a special master.
The New York City Housing Authority and plaintiffs lawyers alleging that mold is causing serious health problems for tenants and is not being remedied, picked as special master Christopher Prather, managing director of Exiger, a regulatory and financial crime, risk and compliance firm.
If accepted by Southern District Judge William Pauley, Prather will guide compliance with court orders to make sure that mold problems—and the water leaks and buildup of excessive moisture that cause them—are fixed in a timely fashion.
Exiger has been retained by the New York City Department of Investigations to provide construction integrity monitoring for NYCHA's expenditure of some $3 billion in federal disaster relief funds for post-Hurricane Sandy repairs to its buildings in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Manhattan.
Prather's job will be to make sure that NYCHA policies and practices are in compliance with a 2014 stipulation and order of settlement between the authority and attorneys for public housing tenants in the class action Baez v. New York City Housing Authority, 13-cv-8916. Donna Murphy represents the Housing Authority.
Plaintiffs lawyers include Steven Edwards of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and attorneys with the National Center for Law and Economic Justice, Natural Resources Defense Counsel and Hogan Lovells.