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NYCHA schedules lead inspections for Election Day, telling residents to stay home

September 14, 2018 By Sara Bosworth Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The Ingersoll Houses, one of 87 NYCHA housing projects in Brooklyn. Image data ©Google Maps 2018
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On the day of the New York primary elections, hundreds of residents of a Brooklyn housing development received notices from the New York City Housing Authority telling them to be at home from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a routine lead inspection, leaving many tenants hard-pressed to get to the polls, ProPublica reported.

NYCHA later claimed this was a mistake and that the residents of the Marlboro Houses, a development near Coney Island, should ignore the notice and go vote. Jasmine Blake, NYCHA spokesperson, told ProPublica that the lead inspections were being rescheduled.

Robert Jones Jr., whose mother lives in the building, took to Twitter to post a copy of the flyer. “On #NYPrimary day, #NYCHA asked its residents, mostly people or color, to remain home from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for an apartment inspection,” he wrote. “Is that suss to you or nah? #VoteNYC”

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