The State & Environmental Impact Center

New York AG Enforced Lead Poisoning Laws in NYC in Settlement

September 17, 2021

New York Attorney General Letitia James announced a settlement with a New York City real estate company that had violated the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Act, which requires building owners to address the presence of lead paint in residential buildings. Lead, a toxic substance that was used in paint and consumer products prior to 1978, is especially dangerous for children, who are more likely to be exposed to it and who can suffer neurological and physical harms from even very low levels of exposure. In New York City, lead poisoning has disproportionately harmed children of color and children in high-poverty areas. Under the agreement, the company must bring its apartments into compliance and pay $510,000 to fund initiatives that prevent lead poisoning in children.