June 09, 2014

The bill, co-sponsored by Senator Avella, aims to provide greater regulation of children's products


(Albany, NY) State Senator Tony Avella continues to push for passage of the Child Safe Products Act (Bill S.4614) after it successfully passed the Environmental Conservation (En Con) Committee last week. As Vice Chairman of the En Con Committee, Senator Avella made this bill a priority, lobbying for key support alongside a strong advocacy push by environmental groups, resulting in a unanimous vote in favor of the legislation.


The job is not yet complete, however, as the bill must now be voted on by the full State Senate and be signed into law prior to the end of legislative session in two weeks.  The State Assembly voted to pass the bill in March.


“Time is now of the essence in getting this common sense legislation passed into law,” stated Senator Tony Avella. “"Our children's safety is of the outmost importance and it is our responsibility, as Legislators, to safeguard children's toys across the state. That is why I immediately signed onto the Child Safe Products Act as a co-sponsor.  I urge my colleagues in the State Senate to vote in favor of this vital bill."


Specifically, this common sense legislation, which was authored by Senator Phil Boyle and Assemblyman Bob Sweeney, would prevent the use of toxic chemicals in toys that our kids use on a daily basis. Unfortunately, too often, parents are unaware that companies making the products for their children’s use, such as toys, clothing and furniture, possess dangerous chemicals which are not required to be disclosed.   The bill would rectify this hazard by allowing the State to periodically review and remove dangerous chemicals or chemicals of high concern based on credible scientific evidence.


“Senator Avella has been a real champion for children's health and the environment. He deserves significant credit for securing the Environmental Conservation Committee's consideration of the Child Safe Products Act.  We look forward to working with him to compel the leadership to ensure the bill gets the full Senate vote it so clearly deserves,"​ said Kathy Curtis, Executive Director of Clean and Healthy New York, and co-leader of the JustGreen Partnership. 


"With Senator Avella's energetic support, New Yorkers are one step closer to protecting their children from exposure to toxic chemicals in kids toys, clothes and child furniture.  The Senate must get the bill over the finish line this year by passing the Child Safe Products Act before it wraps up business in June."  - Russ Haven, Legislative Counsel, NYPIRG.


"We're pleased this common sense legislation was approved by the Senate Environment Committee. It takes 32 votes in support for the Senate to pass a bill and the Child Safe Products Act has 37 cosponsors. Parents deserve to know if products contain dangerous chemicals and our kids deserve a vote," said Saima Anjam of Environmental Advocates of New York.