toxic toys

Bill To Ban Toxins In Toys Needs Decision By 2020

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Toxic toys displayed at the NYS Capitol, June 2016.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Attorneys in New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office are plowing through a record number of bills passed by the legislature this year, and deciding which to sign and which to veto. There are some measures that, while they have support, might not make it into law this year, including one that would outlaw some harmful chemicals in children’s toys.

   A national consumer group is again warning people about potentially dangerous toys as the holiday shopping season begins.

Clean And Healthy New York

A new report sounds the alarm about dangerous chemicals detected in children's products purchased in Albany and Westchester Counties and on Long Island.

On the steps of the historic Million Dollar Staircase in the New York State Capitol, parents, advocates, and legislators called for action on bills to address toxic chemicals in consumer goods.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

On the steps of the historic Million Dollar Staircase in the New York state capitol on Monday, parents, advocates, and legislators called for action on bills to address toxic chemicals in consumer goods.

cleanhealthyny.org

Legislation to ban the use of certain chemicals in toys may get another chance in New York state before lawmakers adjourn in June.

The measure would require manufacturers to phase out the use of chemicals deemed harmful, such as benzene, mercury and cobalt.

The bill passed the Assembly last year but didn't get a vote in the Senate. Republican Sen. Phil Boyle and Democratic Assemblyman Steve Englebright have reintroduced the measure this year.

Clean and Healthy New York/NYLCV Education Fund

Westchester County legislators Monday afternoon will take up the topic of toxic toys.