Mayor Bill de Blasio has confirmed reports that asbestos has been found at Gracie Mansion, the Upper East Side mayoral residence.
Workers were replacing a leaky roof at the 216-year-old residence last month when they found pockets of the cancer-causing mineral. De Blasio confirmed the asbestos discovery Thursday at an unrelated news conference in Brooklyn.
“Hopefully we’ll have a long-term solution that will fix the roof but also get the asbestos out,” he said.
The asbestos removal will reportedly begin later this month and cost about $250,000, according to the New York Observer. The replacement of the mansion’s 30-year-old roof will cost an additional $3.4 million.