New York City Public Housing


Residents Demand New Lead Inspections In NYCHA Buildings

March 27, 2018 - 7:12 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The power struggle between the mayor and the governor has been playing out in the city's housing projects. While the city has been declaring NYCHA owned apartments lead paint free, state inspectors are finding otherwise.

The Daily news reports, tenants are suing and demanding that NYCHA re-inspect their apartments.

A resident claims she was told that lead paint had been removed from her unit, but a state health department inspector later found lead all over her unit.

James Walden is the attorney representing the residents in the suit, he said if the city is wrong about one apartment, they could be wrong about thousands.

"If they've inspected within last three years and claimed they have no lead, we want them to re-inspect those apartments," he said.

One of the plaintiffs is a Bronx mother who claims the city ignored peeling lead paint in her apartment for so long the her 2-year-old son now has elevated lead levels in his blood.

Governor Andrew Cuomo who has been touring public housing said the situation is both upsetting and disturbing.

"I've been through the worst housing complexes all across this country, and this situation is really intolerable," he said.

Mayor Bill de Blasio shot back, calling the mayor's commentary, 'photo ops.'