- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 25, 2015

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - Officials say the city of Rochester will receive two federal grants totaling more than $3.6 million to help fight lead poisoning in the area.

U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, both New York Democrats, announced the grants Monday.

Rochester is slated to get more than $3.3 million in Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration funding to go with $325,000 in Healthy Homes supplemental money.

A release from the senators states the grants will help the Rochester Housing Authority and the Monroe County Department of Health collaborate to prevent lead poisoning accidents.

They say Rochester will be able to address lead hazards in 235 housing units with the funding to provide safer homes for low-income families.

Schumer called lead poisoning an “irreversible, preventable tragedy that robs many families and children of their future.”

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