Judge orders NYCHA to perform emergency lead inspections

NEW YORK — Public housing tenants had their day in court Tuesday.

State Supreme Court Judge Carol Edmead told lawyers for the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) to take action when it comes to lead inspections.

“Do it now,” Edmead told city attorneys.

Jim Walden, the lawyer representing the Citywide Council of Presidents and at-risk communities, a housing advocacy group, said there are hundreds of children inside public housing who are living with toxic lead in their apartments.

The judge issued a preliminary injunction requiring NYCHA to inspect thousands of apartments on an emergency basis.

Walden said he is frustrated he hasn't heard from the mayor.

“A return phone call would be nice,” Walden said.

Meantime, the mayor announced a citywide $32 million initiative that started last year at 10 developments to crack down on rodents, another health hazard.

A NYCHA spokesperson said:

“The court has not ordered NYCHA to re-inspect apartments. The court has scheduled a hearing for next week."