7 landlords facing charges for failing to clean up lead in rental properties

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Seven landlords are now facing charges for failing to clean up lead problems in their Syracuse rental properties. It’s part of a just-released report from an Onondaga County Grand Jury.

The Grand Jury was tasked with looking into high rates of elevated lead levels in the bloodstream of people, particularly children, living in homes in the area. As part of this investigation, the DA’s office announced the charges against steven landlords who say they have been given several warnings about the problem with lead in their properties.

“These seven individuals have ignored those processes. They have rolled the dice thinking it would be more profitable and less expensive to ignore these summonses and unfortunately for them, they have thrown craps,” said Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick.

These seven could be looking at up to a year in jail and/or a $10,000 fine.

Those landlords are:

  • George Draksin        224 Beecher St
  • Jason Semple            344 Cortland Ave
  • Larae Potter              432 Elliot St
  • Stanley Bastien         1203 Lodi St
  • Katherine Krupa       315 Midler Ave
  • Tracy Nguyen            710 Pond St
  • David Fudge              135 Richardson Ave

An eighth landlord, from Brooklyn, who has 20 local properties, has already pleaded guilty to the same charges and is working on cleaning up the lead while awaiting sentencing.


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