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Cooper’s Story – why we need the Lead Paint Right to Know Act

“I’ve had to live with multiple side effects from my lead exposure as a babe. Shortly after my lead levels shot up I lost the ability to speak. I have processing issues, short term memory loss, anemia, and asthma. The Gerd and pain in my stomach was so bad that I barely ate and became [labeled as] failure to thrive”

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Citizen Action of New York’s Enoshja Ruffin on Lead Poisoning’s Impact

“My 3-year-old at the time was exposed to lead in my apartment back in 2019. I have had to worry about the effects on her cognitive development, her development as a whole, because we all know that all children who are exposed to lead, a neurotoxin, are at high risk for lowered IQ’s, delays in growth and speech, learning disabilities, organ failure, and even death…”

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Share your experience with childhood lead exposure and/or poisoning in New York. Your story can help us build the momentum and political will to end childhood lead poisoning in our State. We may feature your story on our website and social media accounts as well as share it with elected officials.  Please contact with any questions.

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