Supervisor's Corner    

By Michael P. Sweeton

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Week of November 29, 2015

The Orange County Office of Community Development in partnership with the Department of Health offers a “Lead Hazard Reduction Program”.  The program’s goal is to make interior and exterior housing surfaces lead safe.

Where Does Lead Come From?  Lead Comes From:

  • Lead dust from moving parts of windows and doors that are painted with lead-based paint.
  • Lead-based paint on wood trim, walls, cabinets in kitchens and bathrooms, porches, stairs, railings and fire escapes.
  • Soil contaminated from lead-based paint and leaded gasoline.
  • Drinking water where old lead pipes or lead solder was used.
  • Removing old paint when refinishing furniture.
  • Lead dust from repairing or remodeling.

Do You Qualify?

  • Homeowners and landlords of pre-1978 houses or apartments may be eligible for lead hazard control work up to $10,000 per residential dwelling unit.
  • Homeowners must meet modest household income guidelines (currently $65,800 for a family of four).  Landlord properties qualify based on tenant income, not landlord income.
  • Owner occupied homes must have a child under six years old who live in or regularly visits the home.
  • Landlords may apply for assistance for rental housing, occupied or vacant units.  Landlords must give preference to families with a child under six who either lives in, or visits the rental unit.  This requirement will remain in effect for a five-year period.

If you are interested in applying for the Lead Hazard Reduction Program funding, please call (845)-615-3811 or email
The next regular meeting of the Town Board will be held on Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in the Warwick Town Hall, 132 Kings Highway.