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Bloomberg, de Blasio both to blame in NYCHA lead paint scandal, CBS says

September 6, 2018 By Raanan Geberer Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Michael Bloomberg. Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP

Mayor Bill de Blasio is blaming former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration for the growing scandal involving New York City children living in public housing who have tested positive for lead poisoning. “Very, very sadly, had lead inspections continued as they were supposed to in the previous administration, we would not be having this conversation,” de Blasio said on WNYC on Friday

Indeed, according to CBS2 News political reporter Marcia Kramer, it’s fair to say that lead inspections stopped in 2013 when Bloomberg was in office. However, CBS2 reported, it’s also fair to say that the de Blasio administration hasn’t been forthcoming about the number of children affected. When the scandal first surfaced, the mayor said that only 17 children had been tested positive. In July, the city said there had been 820 positive lead tests since 2012. Now, the city is saying the number is 1,160, according to CBS2.


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