Lead Paint Confusion Casts New Doubts on Private Management of Public Housing

When the New York City Housing Authority turned over hundreds of public housing apartments in Manhattan to a private management company last fall, the new managers were required to clean up any lead paint hazards lingering on the walls.

In June, the managers sent tenants notices that Harley Plumbing & Heating LLC would soon arrive to repair leaky water pipes — and that Harley’s owner, Steven Kofsky, was qualified to supervise any lead paint remediation if necessary.

To make sure the residents knew they were on top of their game, the company, Monadnock Development, provided tenants with Kofsky’s official documentation

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