Green Party Candidate for Governor Howie Hawkins says Syracuse is poisoning its children, and he has a plan to stop it. A 2016 study by The Journal of Pediatrics found that, in terms of percentage, Syracuse’s youth had the highest lead levels in the nation between 2009 and 2015. Hawkins is making it a campaign issue.
“Forty percent of Syracuse children have lead levels above the federal standard of five micrograms per deciliter in their blood tests,” Hawkins said. “Forty percent of our children are being impacted by lead which causes intellectual flow development, problems with motor skills, memory, and leads to behavioral problems.”