Majority Leader Van Bramer Introduces Bill To Protect Children From Pesticides in City Parks

Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer introduced legislation to reduce children’s exposure to pesticides in New York City Parks. Under Intro 1466, co-sponsored by Council Member Mark Levine, the city would be required to clean children’s play equipment after toxic pesticides are sprayed, a regulation that is not currently in place.

The New York City Parks Department uses Roundup, a pesticide produced by Monsanto that has been linked to cancer by the World Health Organization, to deter rat infestations in city parks. However, the Parks Department does not have to clean play equipment used by the city’s children after the pesticide is sprayed. Intro 1466 requires that play equipment be cleaned in order to protect children’s health.

“It is our responsibility to do everything we can to keep our city’s children safe and healthy,” said City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer. “This common-sense legislation requires the city to clean up after itself and keep our children safe by simply making sure play equipment isn’t contaminated by pesticides. Our parks are an incredible resource for New York City’s families—it’s up to us to make sure they are safe and clean.”

“Ensuring that New York’s parks are as healthy as possible must be a top priority for our City,” said Councilmember Mark Levine, Chair of the Council’s Committee on Parks and Recreation. “Requiring the City to clean play equipment near where certain chemicals have been used has the potential to make our parks measurably cleaner and safer for the children and families who use them. I applaud my colleague, Majority Leader Van Bramer for introducing this legislation and his efforts to better New York’s parks system.”