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"Air Quality Alert" ...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...and Suffolk. 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. 329 PM EDT Tue may 24 2016 ...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...and Suffolk. 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. -- Tuesday May.24 16,05:24 PM

LI State Parks and Beaches Damaged from Superstorm Sandy to Open By Memorial Day Weekend

The severity of damage to some of Long Island's state parks and beaches were extensive after Superstorm Sandy. Anyone in doubt as to whether they would reopen by Memorial Day weekend have to wonder no ...

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The weather is officially starting to feel a little more like spring as we dive deeper into April. Soon before we know it, Memorial Day will roll around and those long cherished memories of spending time together with family and friends at the state parks and beaches will come alive once more!

Governor Cuomo announced today that all Long Island state parks and beaches are expected to open by Memorial Day weekend.

Many of the parks and beaches suffered damage from Superstorm Sandy requiring repair and reconstruction. Parks faced extensive damage to roads, landscaping and infrastructure. Many of the beaches suffered from erosion, including loss of natural and native vegetation.

As much as local Long Islanders utilize the parks and beaches, vacationers from afar also travel to Long Island to enjoy it. The parks and beaches are economic drivers for the local community, according to a statement from Governor Cuomo in a news release.

Last year, more than 18 million people visited the state parks and beaches on Long Island. Some of the top Long Island destinations included Jones Beach State Park, Robert Moses State Park, Sunken Meadow State Park and Heckscher State Park.

In a news release issued by the Governor’s press office, it offered a list of some of the most popular state parks and beaches on Long Island expected to be open by Memorial Day weekend. Some may still have ongoing construction in certain areas. The list includes: