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2 person at HUD of the lead paint noncompliance in September 2016, a month before she filed documents certifying the opposite — that NYCHA was in compliance.“There was an in-depth presentation of the depth and nature of the (lead paint) challenge.
We got agreement on our approach to the problem,” she said.
DOI has said children in 18 of those apartments tested positive for high levels of lead, but NYCHA records show between 20, 202 children living in 133 NYCHA apartments had high blood-lead levels.
Speaking with The News, Olatoye said she told the No.
The law requires that all landlords — including NYCHA, the city’s biggest landlord — perform annual inspections of all apartments believed to contain lead paint.
On Wednesday, Olatoye defended her actions in an interview with the Daily News.
On Wednesday, de Blasio, miles from the city in a post-reelection Connecticut vacation, addressed the substance of the report for the first time.
After calling NYCHA’s failures “unacceptable,” the mayor said via Grace he is now considering DOI’s recommendation that an independent monitor be appointed.
“That’s what he hired me to do, and that’s what I’m doing.”She said she discussed the DOI report with the mayor, but would not provide details.
“(HUD) allowed us to begin a corrective action plan.”On Tuesday, DOI Commissioner Mark Peters noted that whether or not HUD knew about the problem, the public did not.
Olatoye says she first learned of the noncompliance in spring 2016 but did not reveal it publicly until a July board meeting.
Councilman Raphael Salamanca (D-Bronx) called for the appointment of a monitor. attorney’s office has an ongoing investigation whether NYCHA officials deliberately misled the feds about compliance with rules about keeping apartments safe, including checking for lead paint hazards.
Public Advocate Letitia James demanded that Olatoye show up at her office Thursday, and NYCHA promised she would be there.