City Council agrees to lead poisoning bill that puts more pressure on landlords

The City Council annnounced Thursday it has finally agreed on a lead poisoning bill.

Public advocates say the Bronx has one of the highest rates of lead poisoning in NYC. More than 1,000 kids become sick each year. So after months of working on improving the current lead poisoning law, the City Council agreed on a bill that would require landlords to clean lead paint from apartments.

According to City Council Speaker Gifford Miller, the bill puts more pressure on landlords to keep their apartment buildings in good repair. The bill also contains more preventative measures to protect children from lead poisoning.

While many are applauding the new bill, one organization says the bill will affect even responsible landlords. Mitchell Posilkin, of the Rent Stabilization Association, says the bill will make it easier to sue landlords.

The City Council will be holding hearings in the next few weeks to finalize the bill. If approved, the bill will then be sent to Mayor Bloomberg for review.

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