Trump appointee completes month of public housing stays

In this March 7, 2019 photo, Queensbridge Houses Tenant Association President April Simpson, left, listens as HUD executive Lynne Patton, conducts a t

In this March 7, 2019 photo, Queensbridge Houses Tenant Association President April Simpson, left, listens as HUD executive Lynne Patton, conducts a t

In this March 7, 2019 photo, residents of the Jacob Riis Settlement at the Queensbridge Houses, the largest public housing project in New York City, h

In this March 7, 2019 photo, residents of the Jacob Riis Settlement at the Queensbridge Houses, the largest public housing project in New York City, h

In this March 6, 2019 photo, HUD executive Lynne Patton, listens as a resident at the New York City Housing Authority's Queensbridge Houses in New Yor

In this March 6, 2019 photo, HUD executive Lynne Patton, listens as a resident at the New York City Housing Authority's Queensbridge Houses in New Yor

In this March 6, 2019 photo, Lynne Patton, right, HUD executive, and Robert Madison, left, associate director of community organization Jacob Riis Set

In this March 6, 2019 photo, Lynne Patton, right, HUD executive, and Robert Madison, left, associate director of community organization Jacob Riis Set

In this March 7, 2019 photo, Queensbridge Houses resident Marilyn Keller, right, talks to HUD Region 2 Management Analyst Jacob Dale, about conditions

In this March 7, 2019 photo, Queensbridge Houses resident Marilyn Keller, right, talks to HUD Region 2 Management Analyst Jacob Dale, about conditions

FILE- In this Thursday, March 7, 2019 photo, residents of the Queensbridge Houses listen during a community town hall called by HUD executive Lynne Pa

FILE- In this Thursday, March 7, 2019 photo, residents of the Queensbridge Houses listen during a community town hall called by HUD executive Lynne Pa

In this Wednesday, March 6, 2019 photo, Lynne Patton, HUD executive, sits near a wall mural during an interview at the Queensbridge Houses tenant asso

In this Wednesday, March 6, 2019 photo, Lynne Patton, HUD executive, sits near a wall mural during an interview at the Queensbridge Houses tenant asso

In this March 6, 2019 photo, Luis Pauilno, center, a resident at the New York City Housing Authority's Queensbridge Houses, peels away a makeshift pla

In this March 6, 2019 photo, Luis Pauilno, center, a resident at the New York City Housing Authority's Queensbridge Houses, peels away a makeshift pla

In this March 7, 2019 photo, Queensbridge Houses resident Marilyn Keller describes how her apartment has no heat or hot water and how the rust-colored

In this March 7, 2019 photo, Queensbridge Houses resident Marilyn Keller describes how her apartment has no heat or hot water and how the rust-colored

In this March 6, 2019 photo, HUD executive Lynne Patton, left, listens as a resident at the New York City Housing Authority's Queensbridge Houses comp

In this March 6, 2019 photo, HUD executive Lynne Patton, left, listens as a resident at the New York City Housing Authority's Queensbridge Houses comp

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2019 file photo, HUD executive Lynne Patton, center, accompanied by U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat, left, and NYCHA Tenant Associ

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2019 file photo, HUD executive Lynne Patton, center, accompanied by U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat, left, and NYCHA Tenant Associ

NEW YORK (AP) — The federal official who appeared at Michael Cohen's congressional testimony to counter Cohen's assertion that President Donald Trump is a racist has spent the past month bunking with tenants in New York City public housing complexes.

Housing official Lynne Patton says she wanted to shine a spotlight on public housing ills such as mold and heat and hot water outages by spending a week at a time in four different complexes run by the New York City Housing Authority.

After delays caused in part by the 35-day government shutdown, Patton toted an air mattress to the Patterson Houses in the Bronx on Feb. 11. She then went on to stay at public housing developments in Manhattan, the Bronx and Brooklyn.

Along the way she joined a Zumba class, got stuck in an elevator and defended her appearance at the Cohen testimony.

Many tenants who met Patton said they hoped her presence would spur officials to fix their crumbling buildings, but others were more skeptical.

One tenant at the Queensbridge Houses said Patton's visits were "all a show."