At a rate that is three times higher than in Flint, Mich., residents in upstate New York are suffering from high levels of lead poisoning. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced a legislative proposal aimed at removing lead paint from older homes. While the federal standard for “safe” lead exposure is five micrograms per deciliter, New York State still uses a blood-level rate of 10 micrograms per deciliter to assess the harm of lead exposure to children.

Sen. Schumer proposed a $3,000 homeowner tax credit for “any property owner who abates the lead paint problem in a property he or she owns.” The tax credit would be applicable to homeowners who earned $110,000 a year or less. In a statement, Sen. Schumer called for swift action to combating the lead-poisoning crisis.

Lead poisoning is an irreversible, preventable tragedy that robs many families and children of their future. We need to do everything we can to eliminate this hazardous lead from Upstate New York homes, which are vulnerable because so many were built before 1978 when lead paint was banned.
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