Lead Scandal

The Story

New Yorkers were alarmed last year by revelations that NYCHA had assigned unqualified workers to perform lead abatement. Now the city has admitted that it did not do inspections for NYCHA apartments in which hundreds of lead-poisoned kids lived, because the Department of Health used a more lenient standard for lead poisoning than the CDC recommends. The city changed its standards in January, after this information surfaced; nonetheless, the Department of Health appears negligent, at best, in its failure to alert NYCHA about the lead problem.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. StandardsThe CDC indicates that the more generous standard that the city used as its lead-level cutoff can be dangerous for child development. Read more.

  2. Measures: The city routinely changes its standards and metrics to present more attractive narratives regarding critical issues. Read more.

  3. Priorities: The Department of Health has difficulty prioritizing New Yorkers’ real problems. Read more.

“Instead of serving the public good, these institutions have become propaganda arms of the mayor’s office.”

Council Member Ritchie Torres

Twitter Take

The Past is Present

Untangling the Mess That Is de Blasio's Scandal-Ridden Administration By Seth Barron New York Post (December 18, 2016)

“In just three years, the mayor has managed to generate more serious scandals than both his predecessors did in the span of two decades, and it’s hard to stay on top of which prosecutor is looking into which violation.”

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