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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 20, 2016
For More Information Contact:

Jonathan Burman or Jeanne Beattie

(518) 474-1201

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State Education Department Commissioner MaryEllen Elia Statement on Lead Testing in Schools Legislation

There is nothing more important than the safety of our children and Governor Cuomo and the Legislature acted today to further protect them by requiring schools to test their water supplies. Earlier this month, we worked with the federal EPA to develop and disseminate guidance to all school districts on this critical issue.  This legislation also allows schools to remediate the problem. I would like to thank Governor Cuomo, the Education Chairs, Assemblymember Nolan and Senator Marcellino, as well as bill sponsors Senator O’Mara and Assemblymember Lupardo for advancing this legislation.