Mayor de Blasio is nearly as tall because the tales he tells.

Just like the one he repeated Monday on realizing nothing about NYCHA’s efforts to cover its lead-paint scandals.

“If anybody had offered to me alongside the best way that these studies from the Division of Well being had been being contested, that may have been the day that we began the method of turning all that round,” the mayor mentioned at a Bronx press convention.

The truth is, he had mountains of proof “offered” to him.

The Day by day Information, for instance, wrote in April 2015 concerning the Housing Authority’s behavior of contesting each optimistic lead check: When a 2-year-old who’d spent his complete life in a Brooklyn venture examined optimistic, NYCHA carried out a check and declared the condominium lead-free.

(Numbers revealed this week present that NYCHA contested 95 p.c of the “optimistic” checks it obtained from town Division of Well being from 2010 to 2018; personal landords challenged simply four p.c.)

And NYCHA additionally shared key data. As early as Might 2016, e-mails obtained by The Publish present, NYCHA officers briefed high ranges of Metropolis Corridor that 202 children had checks exhibiting elevated lead ranges in 2010-2015.

In April 2016, it was revealed that then-NYCHA chief Shola Olatoye had lied about conducting condominium inspections, which the company had stopped from late 2012 by Might 2016; de Blasio nonetheless insisted on defending her.

In the meantime, in keeping with now-ex-Investigations chief Mark Peters, the mayor was busy begging him to quash studies of his administration’s failures, together with what Peters calls one “late-night screaming name.”

Certainly, Peters expenses that de Blasio fired him due to his work “in exposing waste, fraud or abuse in metropolis businesses” from NYCHA to Correction Division boss Joe Ponte’s abuse of his taxpayer-paid automotive.

The mayor says “it’s simply false” that he ever pushed Peters to withhold a report — it was simply heated conversations.

Hey, why cease mendacity now?

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