HUD official trapped in elevator during New York City public housing visit
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal housing official's monthlong tour of New York City public housing complexes hit a speed bump when she got stuck in an elevator Tuesday.
Lynne Patton and 10 other people including reporters and photographers were trapped in an elevator at the Frederick Douglass Houses in Manhattan for about 10 minutes when someone accidentally hit the alarm switch. The group had to be freed by firefighters.
"Thank you, New York's Bravest! Sadly, NYCHA residents — elderly & disabled — endure this type of debilitating systematic failure on a regular basis," Patton later posted on Facebook, using the acronym for the New York City Housing Authority.
Patton, the New York-New Jersey regional administrator for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, is spending four weeks living in four different NYCHA complexes.
She spent last week at the Patterson Houses in the Bronx, where she joined an aerobics class and used an obscenity to describe the dilapidated state of some apartments.
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