Wednesday, December 21, 2005

City Council Passes a Good Lead Law!

I will be sending e-mails to individual council members, but I wanted to publicly congratulate and thank all 9 members of the Rochester City Council for amending and unanimously approving a lead paint law that insists dust wipes are used in places in "the crescent" to get Certificates of Occupation.

I'm glad to see Tim Maines, Wade Norwood and Brian Curran going out on a very high note. This law will do a lot to getting rid of lead paint in our housing. When that is done, we should start seeing reduction in special education students, violence and crime overall. I know that sounds like a reach, but look at the statistics. Many of our city kids who need help educationally or behaviorally are lead poisoned. And those kids become adults.

There's still a ton of work to do to alieviate poverty in Rochester, but this is a great step.

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