City Council overrides Mayor Bloomberg's lead paint bill veto

The City Council has paved the way for the lead paint bill, which is designed to protect children, to become law.

On Wednesday, the City Council voted in favor of overriding Mayor Bloomberg's veto. Under the law, if a building was constructed before 1960 and the landlord is not sure whether the paint inside is lead based then he or she must assume it is and fix it.

The law had been met with opposition. The mayor had said the legislation was flawed because it exposed the city and landlords to litigation that could lead to $200 million a year in lawsuits.

The law will be implemented sometime this summer.

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