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Activist Wants Charges Over NYCHA Lead Paint Scandal

July 02, 2018 - 10:06 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The number of children affected by old lead paint in city housing projects may have been seriously understated by NYCHA.

The number had initially been placed at 19, now the City Department of Health says it was over 800.

Community activist Tony Herbert puts the blame on the mayor.

"This mayor and his administrator the quote unquote chair person of NYCHA, primarily put children in harm's way by lying and saying that they did their due dilligence and and the work that they were supposed to do when they filed with the federal government. That was a lie," he said.

The New York Post reports, he wants criminal charges brought.

“If it were us and we filed false documents that put people in harm, we’d be in jail. This is criminal,” Herbert said.

Over the weekend the mayor and the health department announced new measures to reduce lead exposure with environmental investigations.