State lawmakers are calling for an independent monitor to oversee the city public housing authority.
Members of the State Senate's Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) joined city council members Monday in support for the oversight.
They said Gov. Andrew Cuomo could appoint a monitor now, but it is better to do it through legislation.
"I think through executive order he probably could, but I think, you know, to adequately define what the responsibilities are, and make sure it continues into the next governor or future governors, I think it cries out for a statute," said State Sen. Jeff Klein of the Bronx, who is a member of the IDC.
A spokesperson for Cuomo said they have continuously expressed concerns with New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)'s operational failures, and they are currently reviewing the matter.
A report that the city's Department of Investigation (DOI) announced last Tuesday found that NYCHA failed to inspect apartments for lead paint for years but falsely claimed that it did.
The bombshell report charges that NYCHA failed to conduct required annual inspections of apartments for lead paint over a four-year period, beginning in 2013, but submitted documents to the federal government claiming that it had.
The findings involve required inspections of 55,000 apartments where lead paint could be present, including about 4,200 where young children live.