WE ACT for Environmental Justice is a member of the New York City Coalition to End Lead Poisoning, which published a report on November 12, 2019: Collecting Dust: How New York City is Failing to Penalize Landlords for Exposing Tenants to Lead Dust. The report details New York City’s failure to enforce Local Law 1 of 2004, which requires landlords to proactively conduct regular inspections and remediate lead-based paint hazards using trained workers and safe practices. WE ACT was among the organizations that advocated for the passage of Local Law 1 of 2004.
Members of the New York City Coalition to End Lead Poisoning include the Cooper Square Committee, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, and the Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation. Download the Report (PDF)
Tina Johnson, WE ACT’s Healthy Homes Organizer, spoke at the City Hall press conference announcing the release of the report (see below). And the following day, our Policy & Advocacy Coordinator Sonal Jessel testified at a New York City Council hearing on LeadFreeNYC and the Enforcement of the City’s Lead Laws, which was a joint session with the Committee on Housing and Buildings, Committee on Public Housing, and Committee on Education. Read the Testimony (PDF)