Senator Joseph Griffo has helped to secure a Senate appropriation of $155,000 for the City of Utica that will help address childhood lead poisoning.

The funding is directed at targeted municipalities in counties currently participating in the state Department of Health’s primary prevention of childhood lead poisoning program.

“Lead poisoning can have very serious effects on children,” said Griffo. “This funding will help the City of Utica to address this issue and will hopefully cut down on the number of cases of children with lead poisoning.”

“Combating lead poisoning for children in our community is a worthy investment and I commend Senator Griffo for his proactive leadership on this important issue,” said Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri.

In recent years, Oneida County has had one of the highest levels of childhood lead poisoning in New York State.