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NYC Government Hid Public Housing Lead Paint Violations



(p. A1) The federal government on Monday [June 11, 2018] delivered a withering rebuke of New York City's housing authority, accusing officials of systematic misconduct, indifference and outright lies in the management of the nation's oldest and largest stock of public housing.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan said the authority, which houses at least 400,000 poor and working-class residents, covered up its actions, training its staff on how to mislead federal inspectors and presenting false reports to the government and to the public about its compliance with lead-paint regulations. The failures endangered tenants and workers for years, the prosecutors said, and potentially left more children than previously known poisoned by lead paint in their apartments.

The accusations were contained in an 80-page civil complaint filed against the authority on Monday in federal court by the office of Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States attorney in Manhattan, after a lengthy investigation.

The problems at the authority "reflect management dysfunction and organizational failure," the prosecutors said, "including a culture where spin is often rewarded and accountability often does not exist."



For the full story, see:

Benjamin Weiser and J. David Goodman. "Rot, Deception and Danger in Public Housing." The New York Times (Tuesday, June 12, 2018): A1 & A21.

(Note: bracketed date added.)

(Note: the online version of the story has the date June 11, 2018, and has the title "New York City Housing Authority, Accused of Endangering Residents, Agrees to Oversight.")






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