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NYCHA to hire outside law firm to deal with federal inquiry

therealdeal.comThe New York City Housing Authority is lawyering up as it faces a Justice Department probe into its practices.

NYCHA chair Shola Olatoye said this week that the beleaguered public housing agency will seek proposals from a number of outside law firms to represent it during an extensive federal investigation into its handling of toxic mold and lead paint at public housing buildings.

While in-house lawyers were handling the inquiry for NYCHA up to this point, the agency is now looking for outside help, according to the New York Daily News. The investigation is said to involve tens of thousands of records, with Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara subpoenaing documents since December.

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