Parents, Advocates Laud Signing of “Toxic-Free Toys Act” into Law

Historic action by Albany County will protect children’s health

(Albany) Today, County Executive, Daniel McCoy stood with parents and children by signing the Toxic Free Toys Act, Local Law “J” into law in Albany County. The bill bans the sale of seven toxic chemicals in children’s products. Less than two months after a major report, Toxic Toys in Albany County, found dangerous chemicals in children’s toys and products in Albany County, the County Legislature and County Executive Dan McCoy have enacted legislation to protect our children from the most hazardous chemicals known to cause cancer, reproductive disorders, autism, and learning disabilities.

“We applaud the Albany County Legislature for passing Local Law “J”, and County Executive McCoy for signing it into law,” said Kathy Curtis, executive director of Clean and Healthy New York. “This brings us one step closer to the day when all products are safe for kids.”

“Protecting children is one of government’s most vital tasks. Today, Albany County took a bold step in that direction by signing the Toxic Free Toy Act into law,” said Albany County Legislator Bryan M. Clenahan. “I am very proud to have sponsored this bill and very proud to have worked with so many amazing advocates and citizens to make it law. Thank you to the County Executive and my Legislative colleagues on both sides of the aisle. Albany County has taken the lead on this important issue – let’s hope that other localities and the State Legislature follow our example.”

“Kudos to County Executive McCoy for brushing aside the self-interested chemical industry blather and standing with parents and kids to promote child health,” said NYPIRG Counsel Russ Haven. “This is good policy and smart politics and it will make the world safer for children.”

“By signing into law this common sense legislation, County Executive McCoy has demonstrated he is a leader where federal and state governments have failed to act,” said Caitlin Pixley, Conservation Associate at Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter. “This smart policy protects the health and well-being of the children of Albany County and creates momentum for similar legislation to pass throughout New York State.”

“We owe it to our children to protect them from known toxins. Thank you County Executive McCoy for doing the right thing.” Francesca Sommer Executive Director, Learning Disabilities Association of New York State.

“We are thrilled that County Executive McCoy signed this bill into law to protect kids from toxic chemicals,” said Christopher Goeken, Director of Public Policy for the New York League of Conservation Voters. “Parents won’t have to worry about mercury, lead and arsenic in the toys they buy for their kids.”

“We’re thrilled Albany County Executive McCoy took the bold step of signing the county legislator Clenahan’s Toxic Free Toys Act into law. Albany will be a leader in keeping children and families safe from chemicals that are known to cause harm” said Saima Anjam of Environmental Advocates of New York.

“We applaud County Executive McCoy for this step to protect the County’s children from harmful chemicals that have no place in their toys,” said Ansje Miller of CEH. “Albany County today is leading the way towards safer products for children and families across New York and ultimately nationwide. All businesses should know that consumers want safer, sustainable products for their children, families and homes.” Learn more at just-green.org

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