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Former federal prosecutor chosen as NYC housing monitor

Wikimedia Commons Image of NYCHA housing residence

NYCHA housing residence, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Photo is in the Public Domain.

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says a former federal prosecutor has been chosen as the monitor for New York City's massive public housing system.

Bart M. Schwartz is chairman of the global investigations firm Guidepost Solutions, LLC.

He served under then-U.S. Attorney Rudolph Giuliani as the chief of the Criminal Division in the Southern District of New York.

On Jan. 31, New York City and U.S. housing officials announced a deal that will keep the city's massive public housing system out of federal receivership.

The city is required to spend $2.2 billion over the next few years fixing chronic problems with living conditions, including lead paint and lack of heat.

The settlement resolved a lawsuit which federal authorities filed on behalf of the system's 400,000 tenants.