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New York Post: Housing Authority takes steps to fire elevator chief Ivo Nikolic

Nikolic’s actions, which led to his suspension, are completely unrelated to the safety of our elevators and are outside of his technical role, said NYCHA spokeswoman Jasmine Blake. We took immediate action when this was brought to our attention last week

The city’s embattled Housing Authority is moving to fire the man in charge of its oft-broken elevators in the latest management shakeup to hit the agency.

Officials launched an investigation into Ivo Nikolic — who makes $148,000 a year — and put him on leave last week, nearly three months after the Manhattan District Attorney indicted three NYCHA elevator inspectors on charges that they falsified reports.

City Hall sources said Nikolic allegedly violated the city’s anti-discrimination policies but declined to comment further.

“Nikolic’s actions, which led to his suspension, are completely unrelated to the safety of our elevators and are outside of his technical role,” said NYCHA spokeswoman Jasmine Blake. “We took immediate action when this was brought to our attention last week.”

In a brief phone interview, Nikolic also said his suspension had nothing to do with the investigation into alleged elevator inspection fraud.e of a misunderstanding,” Nikolic said. “I can’t comment on that [misunderstanding],” he added, referring questions to his attorney.

Manhattan prosecutors indicted Virgel Fincher, Derrick Graham and Alan Guadagno in November on nearly three dozen counts of filing falsified elevator inspection reports.

All three pleaded not guilty and are due back in court on March 13.

Officials insisted the suspension was “completely unrelated” to the deal City Hall struck with federal officials earlier this month that imposes strict new timelines on NYCHA to fix its crumbling housing complexes — including its oft-broken elevators — and puts a new federal watchdog over the agency.

NYCHA’s 325 housing developments have nearly 3,300 elevators, many of which have been plagued with problems for years.

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