Lead Paint

Mikhaila Bonaparte, who lives in a Brooklyn public housing complex long ago deemed free of lead paint, recorded an off-the-charts blood lead level shortly before her third birthday. NYCHA denies there’s any lead in the apartment — even after health officials detected the toxin.
More than 5,000 public housing apartments in buildings long ago deemed “lead free” contain lead paint, THE CITY has learned. And that number is likely to grow. Meet a resident of one of those complexes: Mikhaila Bonaparte, who was born in 2013, just days before NYCHA falsified its lead report to the feds.
Seven employees have been brought up on internal charges at five separate public housing developments across New York, THE CITY has learned. Meanwhile, the federal monitor flagged more than 600 mold and water leak inspections as problematic.
A supervisor assigned to oversee possible lead paint removal didn’t have certification. Meanwhile, an asbestos removal firm with a record of violations was hired. Some elected officials say NYCHA must pause transferring buildings to private firms.
The ex-city and federal housing boss created a controversial privatization program now used in NYC. NYCHA’s lead-poisoning scandal festered while he was in Washington. Now Donovan says he can rescue residents.
Inspections have so far found lead paint in more than 24,000 apartments ordered for testing. Among the victims: the great-great grandson of Eleanor Bumpurs, the public housing resident gunned down by cops in the 1980s.
The kin and namesake of the 66-year-old NYCHA tenant who became a symbol of police brutality and cops’ inability to deal with people in mental health crisis gets swift action after THE CITY spotlights her case.
“When people make mistakes and then cover those mistakes up with lies upon lies, that’s when people get really hurt,” said Sherron Paige, whose 7-year-old son, Kyan, has grown up in a lead-tainted apartment in the Red Hook Houses.
Workers certified to oversee lead paint abatement were forced to sign off on jobs they had nothing to do with, according to city investigators. No criminal charges have been brought.
Some 12,000 children who had elevated blood-lead levels didn’t get the follow-up testing urged under federal guidelines, according to a new report.
The troubled agency concedes it’s currently unable to deliver on a promise to properly inspect apartments for lead paint and clean them up.
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City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Councilmember Mark Treyger, urged the city to expand its testing amid troubling findings in elementary schools.
With nearly 900 city elementary classrooms beset by lead paint, officials say they’re moving quickly — but give minimal guidance on blood tests.
More than 900 New York City elementary school classrooms tested positive for lead following inspections, according to Department of Education data. The news comes as Mayor Bill de Blasio’s NYCHA grapples with lead contamination in public housing.
A damning federal monitor report describes failures to protect public housing residents from everything from lead to mold to rats “the size of cats.”
Crews used expired dust wipes when determining whether apartments are lead-free — spurring examinations by the Department of Investigation and NYCHA.
THE CITY finds the agency employed useless expired dust wipes to check apartments as officials admit they “failed” to follow protocols in massive job.
Federal monitor Bart Schwartz says housing chair Kathryn Garcia gave the City Council a “misleading impression” on flagging clean-up effort.