From the NY Times:
The New York City Council and a group of tenants sued the Bloomberg administration on Thursday over plans to lease land in public housing developments for the creation of market-rate apartments.
The lawsuit, filed in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, stems from a long-running controversy over the New York City Housing Authority’s proposal to raise revenue for repairs and capital projects by allowing private developers to build on the grounds of eight public housing projects in Manhattan.
Housing officials have given developers a Nov. 18 deadline for proposing ideas — so-called expressions of interest — but it was unclear whether they would be able to select construction projects before the change in administration that will follow the November mayoral election.
Lawyers for the plaintiffs say the lawsuit is intended to forestall any deals with developers before Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s term is over.