Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh statement on New York State Attorney Letitia James permanently banning landlord John Kiggins and Endzone Properties from managing or owning residential rental properties in the state of New York. James also required Kiggins and Endzone to pay $215,000 that will be used to prevent the exposure of children to lead paint within the City of Syracuse or Onondaga County, and/or to provide assistance to the families affected by lead poisoning.
“The message is clear: Landlords who repeatedly put children and families at risk of lead poisoning are not welcome in the City of Syracuse. I thank Attorney General James and our partners at Onondaga County for helping us put a stop to the bad practices of John Kiggins and Endzone Properties once and for all,” said Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh. “We need the ongoing assistance of every level of government to protect tenants from property owners who aren’t addressing lead hazards. There is no looking the other way. The futures of our children are at stake.”