City Council overwhelmingly approves lead paint bill

The City Council approved the lead paint bill Monday by a vote of 44-to-5. The bill would force landlords throughout the city to eliminate lead paint and dust from apartments with children seven years of age and younger.

Opponents say more lawsuits against the city and landlords may result from the City Council passing the bill. Critics also say the bill assumes that all buildings built before 1960 contain lead paint.

Mayor Bloomberg is expected to veto the bill, but the council's overwhelming approval of the measure may give it enough votes to override the veto.

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