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.
Local Law 1 of 2004
- 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