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Residents in New York City Housing Authority apartments were exposed to lead

Reckless behavior by NYCHA exposed

Mayor Bill de Blasio (Credit: Getty Images)

For at least two decades, tests have shown that children were being exposed to lead in public housing apartments, according to NYTimes+Politico. The New York City Housing Authority’s response was to dispatch its own inspector to challenge the tests instead of removing or covering the lead.

Worth Noting: A judge rejected a settlement last week that would have appointed a monitor to oversee the housing authority. Instead, he strongly suggested that the federal government should take over the troubled authority. 

What comes next: Mayor Bill de Blasio is preparing a new 10-year plan to raise at least $22 billion for the agency. The plan seeks to raise revenue by partnering with private developers to manage dilapidated buildings, build new apartments, and sell 10 percent of the 58 million SF of air rights controlled by the authority.

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