Childhood lead exposure is a preventable disease that can cause irreversible developmental effects in children. Since 2005, there has been a nearly 90 percent decrease in the number of New York City children with lead exposure. However, even a single child with an elevated blood lead level in New York City is one too many. Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia as Senior Advisor for Citywide Lead Prevention to oversee the creation of a plan to eliminate childhood lead exposure in New York City. The administration’s new roadmap to a LeadFreeNYC includes enhancing the enforcement of existing laws and regulations, developing new prevention and mitigation programs across City agencies, and working with the City Council to pass new legislation aimed at eliminating lead exposure in New York City.

I am a Parent / Adult…

Testing for lead exposure is a key component of childhood lead exposure prevention. Most children with elevated blood lead levels exhibit no symptoms.

I am a Tenant…

Tenants should report peeling paint in an apartment to the landlord. If the landlord does not fix peeling paint or if work is being done in an unsafe manner, tenants should call 311.

I am a Landlord…

Building owners are required to identify and remediate lead-based paint hazards in the apartments of young children and must use safe work practices and trained when doing work that disturbs lead paint.

Local Law 1 of 2004

The City's Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Act (Local Law 1 of 2004) requires landlords to identify and remediate lead-based paint hazards in the apartments of young children, using trained workers and safe work practices. Lead-based paint is presumed to exist in a multiple dwelling unit if:
  • The building was built before 1960 (or between 1960 and 1978 if the owner knows that there is lead-based paint) and
  • A child under the age of six lives in the apartment