Mayor Walsh Says Attorney General Lawsuit is Part of “Zero Tolerance Approach” to Lead Poisoning

Walsh thanks New York State Attorney General Letitia James for taking action against landlord John Kiggins and his company, Endzone Properties

Statement by Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh on New York State Attorney General lawsuit:

“The City of Syracuse is proud to join the Attorney General and Onondaga County as plaintiffs in this lawsuit. We’re using every means available to crack down on bad landlords, and this partnership with the State and County is critical to our efforts. I thank Attorney General James for taking this action against John Kiggins and his company and for her assistance in investigating compliance with childhood lead poisoning laws by landlords in Syracuse.

Mayor Ben Walsh

This legal action should serve as a message to all Syracuse landlords that it is unacceptable to allow tenants to live in sub-standard housing that contains lead paint hazards. This is a zero tolerance approach by our Code Enforcement team and Law Department to ensure every landlord is following local, state, and federal laws and protecting our children and families from the risk of lead poisoning. The assistance and resources of the Office of the Attorney General are invaluable to our efforts.”