“It takes a while for some new ideas to develop,” Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters Tuesday about why he’d finally come clean that 130,000 city Housing Authority apartments need inspection for lead paint. “A while,” indeed.
For months, de Blasio and his minions insisted that only 50,000 units were at risk. Only now is he admitting the truth, and that the testing will cost taxpayers at least $80 million.
And this sorry delay in facing the truth is only the latest taste of City Hall’s denial since a bombshell Department of Investigation report accused NYCHA of failing to conduct required lead-paint inspections and of misleading the feds about it.
Back in January, when “Good Day” host Rosanna Scotto pressed him about reports that NYCHA’s then-chief Shola Olatoye had lied about the inspections, de Blasio declared: “I don’t always believe [DOI] either.”
Never mind that the agency has been proved right time and again in fingering abuse and incompetence across a host of city agencies.
Plainly, the mayor still hadn’t — hasn’t — learned from the serial humiliations in his previous months-long descents into denial over soaring homelessness, deadly trouble at the Administration for Children’s Services and so on.
The first step in solving a problem is admitting you have one, and Bill de Blasio is always the last to do that. No wonder he has so much trouble with new ideas.
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