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NYCHA Residents Skeptical Over Rescue Trust Passage

By Thomas P. Giuffra

The 400,000 New York City residents who live in NY City Housing Authority apartments are skeptical that the recently passed Rescue Trust bill will improve their lives. Can you blame them? They have lived with the broken promises of repairs, fixed buildings, and the removal of poisonous lead paint from their buildings.

About the Bill

In November 2021, these residents found out that more than 5,000 public housing apartments in buildings long ago deemed “lead-free” contain lead paint and the number is expected to grow. 

The alarming truth about these units has quietly emerged behind the scenes after NYCHA was forced to re-inspect 134,000 apartments officials suspected might contain lead. That included the 84,000 units previously declared “lead-free.”

The re-inspections began in 2018 after federal prosecutors filed a damning complaint detailing years of deceit by NYCHA managers to cover up squalid conditions — from toxic mold infestations to busted elevators to rat invasions — tormenting many of NYCHA’s 400,000 tenants.

Given NYCHA’s history, it is little wonder that public housing residents are skeptical of anything that is done.  Lead paint poisoning and utter mismanagement are just two of the reasons fueling the skepticism.

Seeking Legal Expertise

If you or a loved one has suffered due to lead paint poisoning, please call our firm or send us a message to discuss your situation with an experienced and caring lead paint lawyer.

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Thomas P. Giuffra, Partner

Thomas specializes in the litigation and trial of significant civil sexual assault, medical malpractice, personal injury, mass tort, and product liability actions. His innovative approach has led to 20 verdicts and numerous settlements in excess of one million dollars on behalf of his clients, including a recent landmark verdict for $58 Million. He has been recognized as "outstanding in the field of advocacy" nationally and internationally.

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