Paul Graziano, head of Baltimore City’s Housing Authority has been the subject of scandals over the years, whether personally, or through the agency he runs:
- Drunken incidents in bars, involving homophobic slurs
- Refusal to pay lead paint settlements to families whose children were poisoned in HABC-owned homes
- Discrimination against people with disabilities (link opens a PDF)
- A lawsuit recently filed by seven (now eleven) women in public housing who claim they were forced into providing sex to maintenance workers in exchange for repairs to their apartments.
Also, in June of this year, a lawsuit was filed in New York alleging that under Graziano’s tenure in the New York City Housing Authority, the director of a NYCHA-run daycare center was molesting girls, including an infant (Link opens a PDF). The Housing Authority refused to investigate, despite multiple complaints from a worker at the center, who directly observed the director fondling a young girl.
Graziano was not initially named to the suit, but the complaint has been amended:
Please take action today, and contact your City Council representative and Mayor Rawlings-Blake, and demand that Paul Graziano be fired immediately. His behavior has not only brought shame and degradation to women and girls in New York and Baltimore, but he’s a blight on our city. Any one of us would have been fired long ago, but yet he’s been here since being hired by Martin O’Malley, outlasting two (almost three) mayors. We cannot allow Mr. Graziano to continue.