Updated Dec. 16
Nixon Peabody this week notified Congress that seven of the firm's lobbyists are advocating for the New York City Housing Authority.
Former Rep. Thomas Reynolds (R-N.Y.) and six of his colleagues are lobbying for the agency that provides affordable housing for New York residents with low and moderate incomes on congressional spending bills, according to a lobbying registration filing.
"There are major issues under discussion in Washington that, if passed, could have huge financial implications for" the New York City Housing Authority, agency spokeswoman Sheila Stainback said in a written statement. "We need to ensure that there is someone working on our behalf and articulating our position on these issues."
Reynolds, a Nixon Peabody senior strategic policy adviser, declined to comment through an assistant.
The New York City Housing Authority serves 633,177 of the city’s residents, according to the most recent data that the agency has on its Web site. The agency’s conventional public housing program has 178,882 apartments in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. The housing authority also administers a voucher program that has made it possible for low and moderate income New York residents to live in 95,807 apartments across the city’s five boroughs.
The average monthly rent for individuals who utilize the agency’s housing programs is $424.