AG sues Syracuse landlord after 11 children in rental units test positive for lead poisoning

Syracuse, N.Y. — The state Attorney General is suing a Syracuse landlord after 11 children living in his apartments have tested positive for lead poisoning since 2016.

Todd L. Hobbs, of Van Buren, owns 18 properties scattered across some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods under TLH Holdings LLC.

His business has ignored federal, state and local laws designed to protect tenants from the harms of chipped or airborne lead paint, according to the AG’s office. Lead dust and paint chips were often left in living areas, the AG alleges.

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