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NYC Congressional Democrats Call For Federal Investment In Public Housing

July 10, 2018 - 1:18 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Democratic members of Congress in New York City are calling on the federal government to begin investing in public housing in the wake of the lead paint scandal.

As WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-New York) called the situation at New York City Housing Authority developments a “national scandal.”

Maloney was talking about more than 800 known cases of lead poisoning among small children living in New York City public housing.

“We must invest in protecting our children,” she said. “This is unacceptable and it is disgraceful.”

The city’s congressional Democrats want $70 billion of President Donald Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure package to go to improving public housing. They will need voters’ help, said U.S. Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-New York).

“It is more important that we look at this election as an imperative for this generation to say:” ‘No more. Enough is enough,’” she said.