City council believes they have support to override mayor's lead paint bill veto

Mayor Michael Bloomberg vetoed the City Council's lead paint legislation on Friday. The veto sparked an angry response from council Speaker Gifford Miller, who said it was a serious mistake.

The bill, which was approved on Monday by the council, was designed to protect children from lead paint poisoning.

But Bloomberg said the legislation is flawed because it exposes the city and landlords to litigation. The litigation could lead to$200 million a year in lawsuits.

Miller said he was extremely disappointed by the veto and that the city could not allow children to be poisoned.

The bill was approved by the council 44-to-5 with one abstention. No override vote was immediately scheduled.

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