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"Coastal Flood Advisory" ...Coastal flood advisory remains in effect until 1 am EDT Friday... * locations...low lying coastal areas along western Long Island Sound. * Tidal departures...1 to 1 1/2 ft above astronomical tides tonight. * Timing...minor flooding around the times of high tide tonight. * Impacts...minor flooding of the most vulnerable Waterfront and shoreline roads...and adjacent properties tonight. Inundation of 1 to 1 1/2 ft above ground level in the lowest lying spots. A few Road closures likely with a low threat of property damage. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A coastal flood advisory indicates that onshore winds and tides will combine to generate flooding of low areas along the shore. ...Western l.I. Sound water levels for tonight... Coastal............time of......forecast total......flood..... Location...........high Tide.....Water level........category.. ... ..............................(mllw/mhhw).................. Kings Point NY......1136 PM..10.5-11.0/2.7-3.2......minor..... Stamford CT.........1151 PM..10.3-10.8/2.5-3.0......minor..... Bridgeport CT.......1148 PM...9.6-10.1/2.3-2.8......minor..... New Haven CT........1147 PM....8.8-9.3/2.1-2.6......min-mod... , "Special Statement" ...An area of strong thunderstorms will affect western Suffolk and eastern Nassau counties... At 1049 PM EDT, strong thunderstorms were clustered 12 miles southeast of Jones Beach, moving north at 40 mph. Winds in excess of 30 mph are possible with these storms. Locations impacted include... Islip, Brentwood, Levittown, Freeport, Commack, Huntington Station, Deer Park, Lindenhurst, Plainview, Massapequa, Hauppauge, Syosset, Huntington, Westbury and Babylon. Torrential rainfall, with one to two inches possible, is also occurring with this storm, and may cause localized flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways. Lat...Lon 4091 7364 4093 7352 4090 7349 4095 7349 4094 7343 4091 7341 4096 7340 4091 7322 4093 7316 4097 7316 4069 7314 4070 7323 4065 7337 4067 7324 4066 7322 4064 7322 4067 7318 4064 7314 4062 7335 4058 7357 time...Mot...loc 0249z 179deg 35kt 4045 7336 1050 PM EDT Thu may 25 2017 ...An area of strong thunderstorms will affect western Suffolk and eastern Nassau counties... At 1049 PM EDT, strong thunderstorms were clustered 12 miles southeast of Jones Beach, moving north at 40 mph. Winds in excess of 30 mph are possible with these storms. Locations impacted include... Islip, Brentwood, Levittown, Freeport, Commack, Huntington Station, Deer Park, Lindenhurst, Plainview, Massapequa, Hauppauge, Syosset, Huntington, Westbury and Babylon. Torrential rainfall, with one to two inches possible, is also occurring with this storm, and may cause localized flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways. Lat...Lon 4091 7364 4093 7352 4090 7349 4095 7349 4094 7343 4091 7341 4096 7340 4091 7322 4093 7316 4097 7316 4069 7314 4070 7323 4065 7337 4067 7324 4066 7322 4064 7322 4067 7318 4064 7314 4062 7335 4058 7357 time...Mot...loc 0249z 179deg 35kt 4045 7336 -- Thursday May.25 17,11:24 PM

Senator LaValle Releases Task Force Report of Lyme and Tick-Born Diseases

LaValle: "This brings Lyme and Tick-borne disease to the forefront to make sure the CDC commits the necessary funding and resources."

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Suffolk County, NY - June 19, 2014 - Senator LaValle, as Co-Chair, calls for coordinated efforts to fight the diseasesJune 18, 2014 –Senator Ken LaValle, as one of the Co-Chairs, released the Senate Majority Coalition Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases report.

Senator LaValle said, “This brings Lyme and Tick-borne disease to the forefront to make sure the CDC (Center for Disease Control) commits the necessary funding and resources that this disease warrants.  For the first time, there is an action plan to consolidate our many resources and focus on disease diagnosis and prevention strategies.  I am pleased that we have secured funds and are advocating for initiatives such as the four-poster program that has had such good results in places like Shelter Island, where there are high incidences of Lyme disease.”

The Senate Majority Coalition Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases was convened in October to address rising concerns in New York State regarding the outbreak and spread of Lyme and Tick-Borne diseases.  The Task Force was charged with examining state and federal efforts to combat the continued spread of these diseases and make recommendations for submission to the New York State Department of Health for a State Action Plan to facilitate improved prevention, diagnosis, and treatment protocols in order to better protect New York residents.The geographic spread of Lyme and Tick-Borne diseases demand a comprehensive response by the State to encourage detection and prevention initiatives, and facilitate diagnostic and treatment advancements.  While the impact of Lyme disease is widespread, a large number of the cases remain unreported.  This lack of reporting is a cause of concern given that Lyme disease remains the most prevalent Tick-Borne disease in New York State.  As such, the Task Force recommendations include various initiatives to help assist the Department of Health increase reporting and data collection in the State.While Lyme disease remains an area of great concern given the substantial growth in cases, other Tick-Borne diseases continue to emerge and threaten the health and well-being of the public at large.  The Department of Health currently investigates several Tick-Borne diseases, including babesiosis, ehrlichiosis and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.  Recently, babesiosis and anaplasmosis cases have increased in prevalence. Because New York is home to premier research institutions that are primed to help address these rising public health concerns, the Task Force has incorporated opportunities for the Department of Health to research these emerging Tick-Borne diseases at institutions throughout the State.The Senate Majority Coalition Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases has identified the aforementioned issues as a significant public health concern.  Drawing on the immense research and prevention resources that New York State has, the Task Force recommends the formation of a Department of Health State Action Plan to reduce the incidence of infections and increase detection, diagnosis and treatment where cases do occur.  New York should be a leader at the forefront of controlling and addressing this epidemic.