By Adam Andrzejewski for RealClearPolicy
While public housing residents face a plethora of problems, the head of New York City’s troubled Housing Authority made more than half a million dollars last year — more than the mayor and governor combined.
The $515,000 paid to NYCHA general manager and chief operating officer Vito Mustaciuolo was more than any other municipal employee, The City news outlet reported.
NYCHA residents face serious problems in their apartments and buildings, from elevators that are chronically broken, to heating and hot water that disappear for days or weeks, to insect infestations, mold infestations and toxic lead that have led to lawsuits and a federal monitor to oversee keep at the agency.
Mustaciuolo collected the huge amount because he was allowed to cash in more than double the limit for unused vacation days, The City reported.
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When Mayor Bill de Blasio asked Mustaciuolo to serve as NYCHA general manager in 2018, Mustaciuolo said he would leave his position as a top official at the Department of Housing Conservation and Development only if he could take 662 unused vacation days. accrued over 39 years on the city’s payroll.
While the department only allows employees to redeem 261 unused vacation days, and NYCHA would normally only accept a 54-day carryover, they made an exception and let Mustaciuolo take twice the limit.
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In fiscal 2021 ending June 30, Mustaciulo received a salary of $258,000, with an additional $257,000 for accrued time off.
Taxpayers are being milked twice: first, by pumping their taxes into a public housing system that is only getting worse, and second, by funding huge paychecks for the bureaucrats who do nothing to improve it.
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