Division of Housing and Community Renewal

Oversight of Selected Purchasing Practices at Rochdale Village (Follow-Up Report)

Many of New York’s publicly financed housing developments are owned by private housing companies, such as Rochdale Village, Inc., which owns 5,860 cooperative apartments in Queens. In audit 2007-S-19, we examined Rochdale’s purchasing practices and identified widespread noncompliance with competitive bidding requirements, as it was Rochdale’s practice to use certain vendors without obtaining assurance that their prices were fair and reasonable. We determined that Rochdale was not closely overseen by the Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR), and recommended that the oversight be strengthened. When we followed up on these matters with DHCR officials, we found that they had made some progress in implementing our recommendations, but additional actions were still needed.

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