Decades of Denial

In 2016, shocking lead levels were found in 5-year-old Mikaila’s blood. In keeping with the agency’s decades-old pattern of neglect, her landlord—the New York City Housing Authority—doubled down to deny the findings.
 
For decades Nycha, landlord to 400,000, has challenged almost every finding of high lead levels in child tenants. In many cases, the Health Department has conceded.
 
It wasn't always this way. In the 1990s, Nycha took on lead paint companies for contaminating their properties. But as the fight wound down, the agency flipped the switch, regularly contesting lead findings and deeming most of its properties lead-free. They weren’t.
 
The New York Times

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