City Sued Over Handling Of Lead Poisonings

The tenants and their lawyer are calling on the city to take over the lead abatement work that is required by city and state law to be done at the property.

News Story (Connecticut)

Thomas Breen
New Haven Independent
June 7, 2018

Organizations mentioned/involved: New Haven Legal Assistance Association (CT)


On Wednesday afternoon, New Haven Legal Assistance Association (NHLAA) Attorney Amy Marx filed an application for injunctive relief and an order to show cause with the New Haven Superior Court on behalf of 2-year-old Elijah Hall and his mother, Jennifer Williams, who live on the second floor of 75 Sherman Ave. Marx filed the lawsuit against the City of New Haven, Health Department Director Byron Kennedy, and Director of Environmental Health Paul Kowalski.

City spokesperson Laurence Grotheer said on Wednesday afternoon that this reporter’s questions were the first he heard of the lawsuit, and therefore he could not comment. The city’s health department has repeatedly refused to discuss its controversial handling of lead paint matters.