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De Blasio On The Defensive As Lead Poisoning Tally Climbs

July 03, 2018 - 7:11 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- With more cases of kids with elevated lead levels turning up in the projects Mayor Bill de Blasio is finding himself on the defensive.

Before heading off on vacation for the rest of the week de Blasio called in to NY1 and explained that starting this month, health inspectors will be sent out -- whether it's a NYCHA house or private home -- each case with lead paint will be tracked with an inspector.

The mayor raised some eyebrows by stating that a child's lead poisoning may not be from lead paint in the apartment.

"Lead poisoning comes from numerous sources, and here's the challenge; it could be something in the home, it could be something out of the home, it could be paint, it could be something else," he said.

The number of kids testing positive for elevated lead levels is now 840 and growing, not the previous 19 reported by NYCHA.