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"Air Quality Alert" ...Air quality alert in effect from 11 am this morning to 11 PM EDT this evening... The New York state department of environmental conservation has issued an air quality health advisory for the following counties... Richmond...Kings...Queens...New York...Bronx...Westchester... Rockland...Nassau...Suffolk...Orange...Putnam. In effect from 11 am this morning to 11 PM EDT this evening. 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 pre-existing 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 5 3 5, 1 3 4 5. 1218 am EDT Wed Jul 29 2015 ...Air quality alert in effect from 11 am this morning to 11 PM EDT this evening... The New York state department of environmental conservation has issued an air quality health advisory for the following counties... Richmond...Kings...Queens...New York...Bronx...Westchester... Rockland...Nassau...Suffolk...Orange...Putnam. In effect from 11 am this morning to 11 PM EDT this evening. 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 pre-existing 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 5 3 5, 1 3 4 5. 1218 am EDT Wed Jul 29 2015 ...Air quality alert in effect from 11 am this morning to 11 PM EDT this evening... The New York state department of environmental conservation has issued an air quality health advisory for the following counties... Richmond...Kings...Queens...New York...Bronx...Westchester... Rockland...Nassau...Suffolk...Orange...Putnam. In effect from 11 am this morning to 11 PM EDT this evening. 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 pre-existing 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 5 3 5, 1 3 4 5. 1218 am EDT Wed Jul 29 2015 ...Air quality alert in effect from 11 am this morning to 11 PM EDT this evening... The New York state department of environmental conservation has issued an air quality health advisory for the following counties... Richmond...Kings...Queens...New York...Bronx...Westchester... Rockland...Nassau...Suffolk...Orange...Putnam. In effect from 11 am this morning to 11 PM EDT this evening. 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 pre-existing 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 5 3 5, 1 3 4 5. 323 PM EDT Tue Jul 28 2015 ...Air quality alert in effect until 11 PM EDT this evening... ...Air quality alert in effect from 11 am to 11 PM EDT Wednesday... The New York state department of environmental conservation has issued an air quality health advisory for the following counties... Richmond...Kings...Queens...New York...Bronx...Westchester...Rockland ...Nassau...Suffolk. ...Air quality alert in effect until 11 PM EDT this evening. ...Air quality alert in effect from 11 am to 11 PM EDT Wednesday. 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 pre-existing 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 5 3 5, 1 3 4 5. 323 PM EDT Tue Jul 28 2015 ...Air quality alert in effect until 11 PM EDT this evening... ...Air quality alert in effect from 11 am to 11 PM EDT Wednesday... The New York state department of environmental conservation has issued an air quality health advisory for the following counties... Richmond...Kings...Queens...New York...Bronx...Westchester...Rockland ...Nassau...Suffolk. ...Air quality alert in effect until 11 PM EDT this evening. ...Air quality alert in effect from 11 am to 11 PM EDT Wednesday. 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 pre-existing 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 5 3 5, 1 3 4 5. -- Wednesday Jul.29 15,04:24 PM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

 

“Pennies for Charity” Report Reveals LI Telemarketers Take Alarming Cut from Donations

Local News, Community, Charity & Cause

The NYS Attorney General released a report showing that Long Island charities retain the least amount from donations made via telemarketers, but there are ways ...

Chances are that at one point or another, you have donated time, or even energy or items to a local charity or non-profit, but where does your money go?  In New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, 2013 “Pennies for Charity” report, Schneiderman found that when placing a donation with a telemarketer, often less than half of the money may ever reach the charity.

According to studies of Long Island charities and telemarketing companies, only 25.1% of each donation made over the phone with a telemarketer actually went to the charity – the lowest retaining rate in all of New York.  Most of this overhead goes to the telemarketing companies that conduct solicitations for charities – a fact that charities do not dispute, but which is upsetting to Long Islanders who believe that their money is going to a particular cause.

For those who have donated via a telemarketer to New York Amvets, Inc., only 10% of the donation actually went to the charity.  Those who donated to the Association for Police Officers over the phone only put 12% of their donation to the actual charity, and those who donated to a telemarketer calling for the Long Island State Park Police Benevolent Association had only 15% of their contribution go to the charity.

The Attorney General added that in 91 campaigns conducted across New York State, telemarketers were actually paid more than the amount that the individual charities received.

Attorney General Schneiderman recommends that if one is unsure whether or not to donate to a telemarketer, they should ask how much of the money will go to the charity, and if they are not satisfied with the response, they should instead donate to the charity directly.

To find out how your donation money is being used, try searching CharityNavigator.org, a website that evaluates charities by examining their financial documents in order to rate their financial health and their accountability and transparency. Charity Navigator uses this information, as well as the charities’ commitment to good practices and openness with information so that donors can choose a cause with the knowledge that their money will be used effectively.

One of the highest-ranked charities in the area is Long Island Cares, a four-star charity with an accountability and transparency score of 70 out of 70.  According to Charity Navigator, a full 92% of the charity’s budget goes towards their programs, and only 4.4% goes towards administrative expenses.  For a charity that relies on donations, gifts, and grants for 88.7% of their money, donors can rest assured that the vast majority of their contributions are going directly toward putting food on the shelves of food pantries for the hungry, and towards offering children’s nutrition programs.

Another high-ranking charity is The Interfaith Nutritional Network, also known as The INN, in Hempstead.  The INN is Long Island’s largest soup kitchen, which feeds over 7,500 people per week.  Charity Navigator gives The INN four stars, and a score of 70 out of 70 for accountability and transparency. 90.1% of the charity’s budget goes towards programs, and less than 9% is spent on administrative expenses.

For more information about charities in your area, visit our Long Island Charities and Not-for-Profits page.

[Source: Office of the New York State Attorney General, Charity Navigator]

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