Letter to the Editor

Every child is precious. And we know how important it is to protect our children from harm.

But we have not paid close enough attention to an unfortunate danger lurking in the very old homes in much of Syracuse: deteriorating lead paint. Lead paint is a worn-out technology that has no place in the 21st century, yet here it is, embedded in our children’s homes and play environments.

Approximately 90 percent of all childhood lead poisoning in Onondaga County happens in the city of Syracuse. That is more than 600 kids each year. The way to stop this tragedy is to organize a massive and positive response — leader by leader, parent by parent.

We urge every leader and every parent to support the countywide campaign to end childhood lead poisoning by 2025, which seeks to protect our kids both today and for generations to come.


Paul Ciavarri
Organizer, Campaign to End Childhood Lead Poisoning by 2025
Legal Services of Central New York

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