Schulte serves as co-counsel with Matthew Chachere of the Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation (“NMIC”) representing the New York City Coalition to End Lead Poisoning in efforts to strengthen and enforce the city’s lead paint laws. On March 13, 2019, the New York City Council passed amendments to Local Law 1 of 2004, the city’s existing lead paint law, to enhance protections for children against lead exposure. Schulte and NMIC worked closely with City Council staff and legislators in drafting these amendments. They will, among other things, clarify Local Law 1 to apply to all children who reside 10 hours a week or more at a particular apartment. The amendments will also require the city to increase awareness of lead paint, increase reporting requirements and significantly lower the thresholds for lead dust and lead paint so as to conform to current scientific standards and apply to more exposed children. The NMIC is a community-based, nonprofit organization that serves the low-income and underserved communities in New York City.
Schulte associates Sami Groff and Valerie Sheaffer are leading the firm’s pro bono efforts on this matter.