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The air quality index...or aqi...was created as an easy way to correlate levels of different pollutants to one scale. The higher the aqi value...the greater the health concern. When pollution levels are elevated...the New York state department of health recommends that individuals consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects. People who may be especially sensitive to the effects of elevated levels of pollutants include the very Young...and those with preexisting respiratory problems such as asthma or heart disease. Those with symptoms should consider consulting their personal physician. A toll free air quality hotline has been established so New York residents can stay informed on the air quality situation. The toll free number is 1-800-535-1345. 342 PM EDT Wed Jul 19 2017 ...Air quality alert in effect until 11 PM EDT this evening... ...Air quality alert in effect from 11 am to 11 PM EDT Thursday... The New York state department of environmental conservation has issued an air quality health advisory for the following counties... Suffolk...Nassau...Richmond...Kings...Queens...New York...Bronx... Westchester...Rockland. Air quality levels in outdoor air are predicted to be greater than an air quality index value of 100 for the pollutant of ground level ozone. The air quality index...or aqi...was created as an easy way to correlate levels of different pollutants to one scale. The higher the aqi value...the greater the health concern. When pollution levels are elevated...the New York state department of health recommends that individuals consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects. People who may be especially sensitive to the effects of elevated levels of pollutants include the very Young...and those with preexisting respiratory problems such as asthma or heart disease. Those with symptoms should consider consulting their personal physician. A toll free air quality hotline has been established so New York residents can stay informed on the air quality situation. The toll free number is 1-800-535-1345. 342 PM EDT Wed Jul 19 2017 ...Air quality alert in effect until 11 PM EDT this evening... ...Air quality alert in effect from 11 am to 11 PM EDT Thursday... The New York state department of environmental conservation has issued an air quality health advisory for the following counties... Suffolk...Nassau...Richmond...Kings...Queens...New York...Bronx... Westchester...Rockland. Air quality levels in outdoor air are predicted to be greater than an air quality index value of 100 for the pollutant of ground level ozone. The air quality index...or aqi...was created as an easy way to correlate levels of different pollutants to one scale. The higher the aqi value...the greater the health concern. When pollution levels are elevated...the New York state department of health recommends that individuals consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects. People who may be especially sensitive to the effects of elevated levels of pollutants include the very Young...and those with preexisting respiratory problems such as asthma or heart disease. Those with symptoms should consider consulting their personal physician. A toll free air quality hotline has been established so New York residents can stay informed on the air quality situation. The toll free number is 1-800-535-1345. -- Thursday Jul.20 17,10:36 AM

Governor Cuomo Announces New York State Will Preserve $457 Million in Snap Benefits for 300,000 Households

Action Negates Cuts Slated to Take Effect as Part of the Federal Farm Bill.

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Albany, NY - February 25, 2014 - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State is taking steps to preserve approximately $457 million a year in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits that would otherwise be cut by the recently enacted federal Farm Bill. The bill was slated to cut SNAP benefits an average of $127 per month for affected households in New York, including those that live in government subsidized housing or in certain congregate care settings. This action by the State will save benefits for nearly 300,000 households in New York.

“New York State is stepping up to help families in need who are losing vital food assistance because of Washington cuts to the SNAP program," Governor Cuomo said. “These federal cuts have made it harder for our state's most vulnerable residents to put food on the table. The State has intervened on behalf of these low-income New Yorkers to make sure they can get food for themselves and their families.”

New York State, through the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA), will dedicate approximately $6 million in additional federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding to maintain SNAP benefit levels for affected households. The funding will be used to increase the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) benefit of SNAP recipients in certain living situations for whom heat is included in the rent. By receiving the higher HEAP benefit, these households will remain eligible for the highest SNAP allowance for their energy costs, which enables them to continue receiving SNAP benefits at the level for which they are currently eligible.

“By negating the impact of these harsh cuts to maintain SNAP benefit levels, we are taking action to preserve vital nutrition assistance that makes a real difference in the lives of so many low-income households in New York State, including senior citizens, individuals with disabilities, children and low-income workers,” said OTDA Commissioner Kristin M. Proud.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said, “I want to thank Governor Cuomo for ensuring New York families are not punished by the Farm Bill. This is a heroic step to stave off hunger in New York. I hope other Governors in heat and eat states will follow his strong leadership.”

Dr. John Ruskay, Executive Vice President and CEO, UJA Federation of New York said “We applaud the Governor’s bold action to make certain that essential support for food will be preserved for the men, women and children of our state.”

Joel Berg, Executive Director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, said, “We can’t thank Governor Cuomo enough for his extraordinary leadership in responding rapidly to ensure that struggling working parents, children, seniors, and veterans continue to obtain more adequate amounts of vital food assistance. This move is both morally correct and economically smart, ensuring that significant federal dollars continue to bolster New York’s food economy.”

Margarette Purvis, President/CEO, Food Bank For New York City said, “On behalf of the hundreds of thousands of vulnerable families who lost food assistance this fall and have been bracing themselves for the worst, I applaud the Governor for his le‎adership. The Farm Bill that Congress passed and the President signed would have delivered a harsh blow to needy New Yorkers already struggling to put food on the table. Acting in true New York spirit, Governor Cuomo has worked to make sure that our neighbors are not left exposed to the cruel whims of Washington.”