“Children of color have borne the heaviest burden of lead poisoning, a completely preventable environmental health challenge, in this City and their exposure to lead is coming primarily from two sources – peeling lead paint in their homes and lead-tainted products on store shelves in their communities,” explained Cecil Corbin-Mark, WE ACT for Environmental Justice’s Deputy Director and Director of Policy Initiatives. “Lead poisoning is poisoning, and poisoning a human being is a crime.
“Three roads will lead us to a lead-free New York City. The first road is strong enforcement of Local Law 1 of 2004, which WE ACT for Environmental Justice and other advocates worked on. The second road is to treat criminals like criminals under the law, which means that the handful of bad landlords who don’t follow Local Law 1 as well as the manufacturers that peddle lead-tainted products should be prosecuted and jailed. And the third road is the policies outlined in the report released by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Commissioner Kathryn Garcia today,” added Corbin-Mark. “WE ACT thanks the Mayor and the Commissioner for taking a leadership role on lead poisoning, and we look forward to working with them on a lead-free New York City.”