Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson has been quietly working in his position since being appointed by President Trump.
Despite having no experience in this sector, the former neurosurgeon has excelled at identifying and eliminating waste within the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
His newest project involves working with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to overhaul the city’s housing authority.
The new agreement allows for more federal oversight of the New York City Housing Authority. It also resolves a large federal lawsuit over funds that were mismanaged by the NYCHA.
A big part of the plan is switching from compact fluorescent bulbs that were costing nearly $2,000 per unit to change to fixtures with light emitting diode (LED) lights. This move will save untold millions of dollars over its lifetime.
“We are putting in place a system that gets rid of political cronies and paves the way for professionals who actually know how to manage things. We are now concentrating on the tenants and not the unionized workers, which is the reason that you have that $1,973 costs per unit for those light bulb changes.”
One person who does not agree with Ben Carson’s deal to replace CFL bulbs with LED bulbs is Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) who has recently proposed her “Green New Deal” aimed at upgrading every building within the country to become more energy efficient.
While Carson supports being more energy efficient, he does not support doing so at $2,000 per unit to replace.
“Certainly if we utilize the same principles that they are using for these light bulb changes at NYCHA — it would be something that no one could possibly afford,So we are going to take the lessons that are learned from this as we deep dive into these expenditures and not only use them to be more efficient and effective at NYCHA but really across the country.”
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