'Lead Free NYC' aims to end childhood lead exposure

AmNews Staff Reports | 1/29/2019, 8 a.m.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Commissioner Kathryn Garcia today released the city’s Roadmap to Eliminating Childhood Lead Exposure, after a ...
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Mayor Bill de Blasio and Commissioner Kathryn Garcia today released the city’s Roadmap to Eliminating Childhood Lead Exposure, after a 90-day review of all agencies’ policies related to lead prevention.

The LeadFreeNYC plan will—for the first time—screen every apartment for potential lead hazards, eliminate lead risks in NYCHA apartments and family shelters, target unsafe consumer goods, provide children with dedicated nurses and link together all city agencies responding to lead exposure.

To protect New York City children, the city will increase resources and support for children, parents and health care providers to make sure every child under 3 is tested for lead exposure and any child who does test positive gets the services he or she needs.

The city has also launched a new website, www.nyc.gov/leadfreenyc, to provide information and guidance for parents, tenants, landlords and all New Yorkers.