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Mayor confirms asbestos discovery at Gracie Mansion

Removal work poses no health risks, officials say

April 10, 2015 02:40PM

Gracie Mansion

Gracie Mansion at East 88th Street and East End Avenue on the Upper East Side

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.

The de Blasio family will remain in the home during the renovation, as officials do not believe the work poses any health risks. The family moved into the mansion last summer. [NYO] – Rey Mashayekhi

  • Tim

    Is that what the Mayor has been smoking?

  • SadState

    $3.4MM for a roof? I want that contract.

  • Marc

    Another way to rip off the tax payers of NYC. I can abate the asbestos, put all new plywood, 30 year architectural shingles for $500K and still get fat off that. Absolutely insane.

  • Jesse

    Well the Museum of Natural History might let him stay there while they repay his home. Hey, it was good enough for a public school when I was kid… Our school was found to have lead way back when…