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MTA Faces Lawsuit Over Lead Paint

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The MTA is being sued for dangerous conditions along the 7 subway line. According to the lawsuit, three Queens residents claim the MTA has failed to clean up lead paint that they said is falling off the elevated train track.   A recent painter's union study showed the tracks along Roosevelt Avenue between 103rd Street in Corona and 52nd Street in Woodside have 44 times the safe amount of lead in their paint. Jackson Heights City Councilman Daniel Dromm said that stretch of track has not been upgraded in decades.

"All you've got to do is look at the elevetaed subway line and you can see that the danger exists," Dromm said.

Dromm said one of his biggest concerns is that the lead paint could fall into food prepared by vendors underneath the tracks. But he said the plaintiffs are not suing for money.

"We're simply asking for the MTA to paint the trestle," Dromm said. "To remediate the lead paint and then to paint that trestle."

The MTA told us it does not comment on pending litigations.