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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 17,04:24 PM

FASNY Applauds Governor Cuomo for Signing Bill Prohibiting Registered Sex Offenders as Volunteer Firefighters

The law also provides for the termination of membership of any current volunteer who is found to be convicted of sexual offenses.

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Albany, New York - August 4, 2014 - The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) is pleased to announce that Governor Cuomo has signed legislation that prevents registered sex offenders from joining or remaining members of volunteer fire companies and volunteer ambulance companies. FASNY has made this issue part of its proactive agenda for the year and applauds the Governor’s action on this important issue.
 
“Volunteer firefighters frequently interact with children and individuals who are in vulnerable situations. Our volunteer firefighters are trusted members of the communities they serve and they require the legal tools necessary to ensure they maintain the integrity of their members and the well-earned trust of all those they interact with,” said FASNY President James Burns.
 
“This legislation protects the trust between the volunteer fire service and the public by prohibiting registered sex offenders from being members of volunteer fire companies and volunteer ambulance companies.
 
The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York applauds the Governor for signing this bill which will benefit all New Yorkers served by the volunteer first responders. On behalf of our state’s 92,000 volunteer firefighters and our 1,800 local volunteer fire departments, I would like to thank the Governor, as well as the co-sponsors of this bill, Senator John Bonacic and Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther.”
 
Under this legislation, an individual that is registered as a sex offender is not eligible for membership in a volunteer fire company or volunteer ambulance company. The law also provides for the termination of membership of any current volunteer who is found to be convicted of these offenses.
 
This legislation would allow volunteer fire chiefs to access existing public record information on registered sex offenders, in a similar fashion that an arson background check is currently required for all prospective members.  This legislation is modeled after changes to an arson-searches law that was enacted in 1999, which has been highly effective in rooting out individuals convicted of arson crimes.
 
About FASNY Founded in 1872, the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) represents the interests of the more than 92,000 volunteer firefighters in New York State.  For more information, visit www.fasny.com.