NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Asbestos has been discovered in the roof at Gracie Mansion and work to remove the potentially cancer-causing materials from New York City’s mayoral residence will begin this month, city officials told The Associated Press.
The hazardous material was discovered last month as crews prepared to replace the mayoral mansion’s leaky roof.
“There’s definitely been some live leaks at Gracie Mansion, and I mean leaks where water drips down from the roof, not the other kind of leaks,” Mayor Bill de Blasio joked Thursday, WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported.
Officials do not believe the work poses any health risk to de Blasio and his family, who will remain in the home during the renovation.
“Gracie Mansion is one of Manhattan’s oldest structures built more than 200 years ago, and as with any older homes, maintenance is necessary,” mayoral spokesman Peter Kadushin said Wednesday. “Beginning this month, Gracie Mansion will undergo asbestos abatement and some long-needed roof repairs.”