BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) – New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited Buffalo on Friday to participate in a roundtable discussion on removing lead pipes in Buffalo.
Community leaders, including Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Congressman Brian Higgins, were present at the roundtable where Sen. Gillibrand discussed funding for lead pipe replacement.
“New Yorkers have the right to expect clean and safe water when they turn on their faucets,” Senator Gillibrand said. “But in Buffalo, lead contamination is still rampant, putting residents at risk of kidney damage, brain damage, miscarriage and a host of other devastating health problems.”
Buffalo has some of the highest rates of lead exposure from children, with around 100 miles of lead piping.
The bipartisan Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act, passed in November 2021, secured $2.6 billion for lead pipe replacements across New York State.