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Robert Malone fills out four repair tickets every month for his studio apartment at NYCHA’s Brownstones — buckling walls, a rotted window frame, cracks in the ceiling, a crumbling subfloor in the kitchen.

His requests go into a pile of open work orders that swelled 40 percent last year, pushed to a record high that tenants and the Housing Authority pin on COVID-19 and a new system for tracking lead paint and mold removal.

The total at the end of December stood at 483,275, up from 344,958 in 2019, NYCHA figures show. The number of days maintenance crews took to complete repairs skyrocketed as well, to 225 from 134 the year before.

Residents blame the backlog on the coronavirus. NYCHA brass acknowledge the health crisis has been a drag on repairs, but claim point the fault mostly lies with the new repair tracking system.

Not only has the disease laid up nearly 850 of NYCHA’s 9,000 essential employees over the past 12 months, but tenants have refused to open their doors for fear of being infected.

At the Brownstones, tenant association president Cynthia Tibbs is beside herself. Roughly 100 residents have been without cooking gas for five months after ConEd had to shut off a trunkline to stop a leak — and yet more than a few still won’t let contractors inside.

“COVID is making my life a living hell,” said Tibbs, who received 16 voicemails in a single day from frantic tenants. “I’m dealing with mass hysteria — either they’re worried about catching the virus from the workers or going out for the 10 hours it takes to run pipe and remove the asbestos.”

NYCHA, like all city agencies, has felt the weight of the outbreak — from sick staffers to scared residents to emergency-only fixes, CEO Greg Russ told The Post.

NYCHA CEO Greg Russ said COVID-19 has affected the city agency.William Farrington

“When the pandemic first hit,” he said, “everyone stepped back.”

But Russ attributes the biggest chunk of the work orders to NYCHA’s revamped work order process, put in place to comply with a 2019 federal agreement for removing lead paint and mold.

Now, the agency generates a work order for each step of a job. For example, not only does scraping off lead paint get a ticket, so does wiping up the dust later and every other phase.  

“We have many work orders now and that’s actually helpful,” he said. “It lets us track our work to make sure we’re doing things right.”

The pandemic and the tracking system notwithstanding, NYCHA will always have a long fix-it list unless the city starts replacing the older developments. Today, 175 out of the agency’s 302 developments are at least 50 years old.

Robert Malone in front of 40 West 91st Street.J.C.Rice

“If you look at some of the work orders we’re doing, we wouldn’t have those orders if we had the capital investments,” Russ told The Post, estimating New York would need $40 billion to build NYCHA’s 175,000 apartments.

With all the repairs his place needs, Malone just wants to move.

“I hope I can get a transfer,” he told The Post, “because this apartment definitely isn’t doing anything for me.”

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Duggar fans stunned after Jill shows newborn son’s fancy crib with jaw-dropping price tag amid family’s money struggles

JILL Duggar shared a photo of her newborn son's expensive crib, leaving fans in shock amid the famous family's money woes.

The former Counting On star and husband Derick Dillard welcomed their third son in July.

5Jill Duggar shocked fans with a pricey crib for baby FrederickCredit: Instagram/ Jill Dillard 5The reality star's family has long struggled with moneyCredit: Instagram/ Jill Dillard

Jill, 31, recently gave fans a glimpse into life as a family of five, posting a sweet photo of her older sons Israel and Samuel standing at baby Frederick's bedside.

The photo made its way onto Reddit, where fans noted the expense.

"Is Jilly using a Snoo sleeper ($1,700) for Freddy?" one user wrote.

One Reddit user suggested: "I feel like anyone who had to sister mom deserves a snoo."

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Fans were split in the comments about the money spent, noting the family's money issues.

Some felt Jill and Derick could afford it, and even deserved it, while others cracked jokes.

"Like I said in my first caption: Not trying to mom-shame because honestly use whatever sleeper is safe and effective for your family, but I know Jim Bob has to be losing it knowing she’s using a $1700 bassinet," One Duggar Redditer wrote.

Another joked: "She's come a long way from stroller/car seat hack, hasn't she?"

A third more harsh commenter wrote: "I like to think because Jill isn’t married to a wanna be rapper preacher boy her kids get to sleep in Snoo while [Jessa's] babies sleep in an apple box picked up at Costco."

A fan chimed in: "Her and Derrick got his lawyer money now. They sure did pull themselves up by their bootstraps."

Jill and Derick appear unbothered by the online chatter about them and their spending.

PARTY TIME

Over the weekend, Jill shared snaps from sister-in-law Abbie's baby shower.

In one photo, posted to her Instagram Stories, she smiled as she stood alongside brother John David's wife. 

Jill captioned the post: "Congrats @johnandabbie Loved getting to celebrate baby today!"

While it appeared there was no bad blood between the former TLC star and her in-law, she was snubbed by other members of the family.

Esther Bates – a family friend of the Duggars – shared a snap of herself posting alongside Abbie, Jed Duggar's wife Katey Nakatsu, Joy-Anna Duggar, Josiah Duggar's wife Lauren, and Jana Duggar. 

Jill was noticeably not included in the smiling snap, which showed all the ladies wearing matching shades of light blue. 

Jill seemingly broke the rules by not wearing a light blue dress like other guests, as she instead wore a green shirt with a purple print skirt. 

Abbie and John David announced that they were expecting in May.

The TLC star's took to their joint Instagram account to share a photo of Abbie alongside her daughter, cradling a bump.

"To the little girl who calls me Mommy and our little boy due in late summer, I'll love you forever!" she captioned the post. 

She has long been at odds with her family members, even speaking publicly about the feud. 

The couple welcomed their third child in July.

NEW ADDITION

A week after his arrival, Jill took to social media to share the first photos of her baby boy.

She included a long caption, which kicked off with: "Hey! We are finally back on Instagram after being locked down & unable to post for awhile!!"

Jill went on to reveal details about her baby boy's arrival: "In case you missed our blog post last week, “Freddy” Frederick Michael Dillard is here! 

"He was born 7/7/2022 at 5:16pm weighing 7lbs. 6oz. and is 20 inches long."

She then shifted gears, focusing on the newborn's name and revealing its special meaning: "Frederick means 'Peaceful Ruler' and Michael means 'Gift from God.'

"The name Frederick also holds special meaning for us since it’s Derick’s name with “Fre” added to the front, to make “Fre-derick.”  Similarly, Derick’s name is a variation of his late dad’s name, Rick, that his parents created by adding “de” to the front of Rick to spell, “de”-“rick,” literally meaning son “of” (de) Rick.  We were excited to settle on the name Frederick and incorporate both Derick’s and his dad’s name, by just adding “Fre” to the beginning of Derick’s name. 

"Frederick was set to arrive later in July, but he decided he wanted to come a little early (the day before big brother Samuel’s birthday!), so we had our planned C-section a bit before originally planned.  

"Both mom and baby are healthy and we are all happy to be home together!"

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While she only posted one photo on Instagram, Jill teased more available on her blog and urged her followers to check it out.

She also revealed her son's nickname, including the hashtag "#FreddyDillard" in her post. 

5Jill recently reunited with her family amid her lengthy estrangementCredit: Instagram / Jill Dillard 5She and husband Derick Dillard welcomed their son in JulyCredit: INSTAGRAM/jillmdillard 5They now share three children – all of whom are boysCredit: Instagram

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