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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. 337 am EDT Thu Jul 20 2017 ...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... 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. 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 Approval of First-Ever Long Island Banking Development District to Help Underserved Consumers

Under BDD Program, Brentwood Community Banks Will Receive Financial Incentives to Expand and Preserve Access to Banking Services for Consumers.

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Brentwood, NY -February 28, 2014 - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the approval of the Brentwood neighborhood in the Town of Islip (Suffolk County) as a Banking Development District (BDD) – the first-ever BDD on Long Island. This BDD designation for Brentwood provides financial incentives – such as the potential deposit of state funds in area institutions – to help expand and preserve access to retail banking services for unbanked and underbanked consumers in that community.

“Being able to get a bank account or a loan can make a world of difference for a family trying to responsibly manage their finances,” said Governor Cuomo. “Expanding access to financial services can help provide New York families with better tools to save for a rainy day, put their children through college, or buy a home.”

Benjamin M. Lawsky, Superintendent of Financial Services, said: “Unbanked New Yorkers often find themselves relying on check cashers or predatory payday lenders, which can take a big bite out of their paychecks. Expanding access to low-cost checking and savings accounts can help give those families a greater opportunity to build secure financial futures.”

The Town of Islip and New York Community Bank (NYCB) jointly applied for Brentwood's BDD designation. Brentwood – a majority Hispanic community – is underserved by traditional banking services. It has fewer banks per capita than most other Suffolk County neighborhoods, despite being the county’s most densely populated area. As a result, many residents rely primarily on check cashers or other money transfer agents.

In its joint application with the Town of Islip, NYCB stated that this BDD designation will help that bank continue operations at its Brentwood branch and expand its services. The proposed new services outlined in NYCB's BDD application include starter savings accounts that require as little as one dollar to open as well as checking accounts with no minimum balances. The BDD designation will also allow the branch to preserve existing services such small business loans and business checking and savings accounts.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said, “This is welcome news for the residents of the Brentwood community. I commend Governor Cuomo for pulling together resources allowing access to loans and credit to dramatically improve the quality of life for Brentwood residents.”

NYCB also plans to work with various community organizations to provide financial education programs for residents and businesses within the BDD, in addition to small business training and workshop programs.