BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore city councilman says he plans to ask federal officials to help force the city’s housing authority into paying one of the court-ordered lead poisoning judgments against it.

Housing Commissioner Paul Graziano has said the authority simply can’t afford to pay nearly $12 million from lawsuits filed by people exposed to lead paint. Councilman James B. Kraft tells The Baltimore Sun that he is “very dissatisfied” with Graziano’s refusal to seek federal approval to pay a $200,000 judgment involving a former public housing resident.

The agency reached an agreement in 2009 with Daron E. Goods, but then refused to pay the amount that was agreed upon and has been fighting subsequent efforts to collect.

Kraft says he plans to contact federal housing officials soon.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  1. Haddy culter says:

    The councilman should work on helping people with better housing and stop trying to get money for stupid people with crafty thieving lawyers. The lead paint scam has just about run its course let’s move on and let the sceamers assume their losses.

    Tiltle should read councilman seeks to buy poor black votes with your tax money.

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