Investigators seize NYCHA records in criminal probe of agency

Agents from HUD and the EPA took records from a NYCHA warehouse in LIC

New York /
Jun.June 15, 2018 09:01 AM

New York City Housing Authority Warehouse at 23-02 49th Ave in Long Island City (Credit: Google Maps)

Investigators from the city and federal government seized records from the New York City Housing Authority on Wednesday, part of a criminal probe into the agency.

Agents from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Environmental Protection Agency and the city Department of Investigation carried out the warrant on NYCHA’s warehouse on 49th Avenue in Long Island City, according to the New York Post. They took computers with documents concerning asbestos and lead paint inspections.

The raid follows a lawsuit against NYCHA filed on Monday that charges the agency with trying to conceal the poor condition of public housing from federal inspectors and failing to conduct lead paint inspections. U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman has alleged that NYCHA workers cut water to buildings so inspectors would not notice leaks and put up “Danger: Do Not Enter” signs to prevent inspectors from going to certain parts of buildings.

The city recently reached a $2 billion agreement with the federal government to settle an investigation into health and safety issues at the agency, which also includes appointing a federal monitor.  [NYP] – Eddie Small


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