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PATERSON — City officials plan to use a $3.4 million federal grant to remove lead paint from 66 Paterson homes where low-income families with children live.

In 2019, Paterson had 367 confirmed cases of children under six with elevated lead levels in their blood, officials said. But the city does not have any statistics on the number of homes that still have lead paint.

Mayor Andre Sayegh said the money for lead pain removal will “go a long way” in helping the city’s health division combat childhood lead poisoning in Paterson.

“The missing component throughout this time was funding to provide the construction improvements necessary for lead abatement,” the mayor said, “as it can be cost prohibitive to most homeowners, especially in low-income communities, and must