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Re: The vote was 36-15

Posted by Anna on July 01, 1999 at 06:51:43:

In Reply to: NYC Council passed that #$%@ Vallone-Giuliani lead paint bill (36-17?) posted by Anna on July 01, 1999 at 00:06:40:

July 1, 1999

After Bitter Debate, Council Passes
a Bill on Lead Paint


The City Council approved a measure Wednesday
to replace the city's 17-year-old law meant to
protect children from poisoning caused by lead paint,
capping weeks of rancor and more than a decade of
legislative fits and starts on one of the most complex
issues in public policy.

The Council vote, 36 to 15, was a victory for Mayor
Rudolph W. Giuliani, a Republican, and the Council
Speaker, Peter F. Vallone, a Democrat, who remained
united in support of the bill despite fierce opposition. In
the weeks leading up to Wednesday's vote, the bill was
criticized as too weak by several Council members and
by advocates for children and the environment as well
as by many medical experts on lead poisoning.

The bill also puts more responsibility on tenants to
report suspected hazards. It largely allows landlords to
supervise and certify their own repairs. And it will
severely restrict the ability of the parents of
lead-poisoned children to win lawsuits alleging
negligence by landlords or the city.


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