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Updated: 04/28/2014 10:42 PM
Created: 04/28/2014 7:50 AM WHEC.com

This is the first day back at work for state senators in Albany since they passed the budget on March 31. Child safety advocates are looking for action on a bill to keep chemicals out of kids’ toys.

The child safe products bill passed in the Assembly last year and again last month by a wide margin. It has languished in the Senate. Now comes a new push for chemical disclosure in toys. It comes from Senator Ted O’Brien, the ranking member of the Environmental Conservation Committee.

Senator Ted O’Brien, (D), said, “Parents ought to have the ability to know whether a product they are buying, whether it contains any of the most dangerous chemicals that affect children's development, learning disabilities, asthma, even obesity, infertility, neurological disorders and parents have a right to know and a need to know.”

Just last week, the governor demanded “Clingy Darts” be removed from Dollar Tree stores in New York because experts say they contain six times the acceptable level of a chemical thought to cause health defects.

Kate McArdle, Moms for Non-Toxic New York, said, “We know that lead and mercury and cadmium have been in many of these products and we've been fighting for it for a while. We are very happy that Cuomo has now seen that there are many chemicals in toys and hopefully he'll do the right thing and get this bill passed.”

In the meantime, the U of R is expecting state funding for the first time since 2008 for its Center of Excellence for Children's Environmental Health. This is where they track kids and pregnant moms for exposure to chemicals and they maintain a phone line where parents can call and ask questions about toys and products. 

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