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Council Concerns About Lead Paint In School Hallways Downplayed by Mayor

Posted 8/19/19

After the Department of Education released data that revealed 938 classrooms contained lead paint, two City Council members pushed for gymnasiums, cafeterias and other school spaces to be tested—but Mayor de Blasio would not consent to the request.

In late July, the agency announced that it had visually assessed all 797 school buildings built before 1985 for lead paint that serve children under 6. The substance is especially dangerous to young children who are exposed to it for a long period of time, as they can develop serious health problems, including developmental delays.

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