ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Two upstate New York cities are getting financial help from the federal government to help remove lead hazards from homes.

Schenectady will receive nearly $3 million and Rochester will receive $1 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The money will be used to assist the cities in removing lead-based paint hazards in eligible privately-owned housing. More than 200 housing units in Schenectady are on the list.

Lead poisoning can cause developmental difficulties, physical pain and neurological damage. Children are especially vulnerable because lead can affect developing nerves and brains.

The grants were announced Tuesday by Democratic U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.

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