childhood lead poisoning

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Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson made a stop in Syracuse Friday to get a sense of the city’s stubborn and persistent lead paint problem.  Congressmember John Katko invited Carson and officials from several housing organizations for a roundtable discussion. 


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Onondaga County is getting more aggressive in trying to tackle the stubborn lead paint problem in the area’s older housing stock.  County Executive Ryan McMahon issued an order Thursday that holds landlords more accountable for lead abatement on their properties in order to prevent lead poisoning in children.


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Onondaga County, and especially Syracuse, continue to grapple with a serious and stubborn lead problem.  The old housing stock combined with high poverty levels and low home ownership rates mean efforts to rid homes of lead paint have been painfully slow for decades.  Here's how the crisis has impacted one north-side family:


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Senator Chuck Schumer says he’s pulling out all the stops to ensure Syracuse gets its share of federal funding to address lead hazards in older homes.  He stopped by Golisano Children’s Hospital Monday to explain why.  Lead paint was banned in 1978, but 90 percent of Syracuse’s housing stock was built before 1980.   Half of the city’s rental properties were built before 1960. 


Onondaga County Health Department

The Central New York Community Foundation will be investing more than $2 million to help combat childhood lead poisoning in Syracuse.  More than 11 percent of Syracuse children tested positive for elevated blood lead levels in a 2017 Onondaga County Health Department study.  Lead poisoning has lifelong impacts on young children, including reduced brain activity, learning disabilities, and even violent behavior.