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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 16,09:12 PM

Cuomo Urges Washington to Pass Sandy Relief Bill

Governor Cuomo, joined by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy, urges House Republicans to pass the $60.4 billion Hurricane Sandy relief bill.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is actively lobbying Congressional members to support President Obama’s comprehensive Hurricane Sandy relief package that was approved by the Senate last week.

The Senate approved the $60.4 billion bill 62-32, with support of twelve republicans following just two days of debate.
 
As the House of Representatives gears up on the final day of fiscal cliff negotiations, Cuomo called for a moment of sanctuary from bipartisanship in order to get federal disaster aid following a storm that impacted at least twenty-four state.  
 
“I understand this is a lot of money and these are tight fiscal times. But, this was a big storm - the second most damaging storm in our nation's history - and the needs are great and growing,” Cuomo said in a statement.
 
Cuomo went on to directly address the “partisan gridlock” that is being viewed by the entire nation.  “This vote is a vote of confidence -- confidence that Americans can count on the House to function when we need it most.”
 
New Jersey’s Gov. Chris Christie and Connecticut’s Gov. Dan Malloy joined Cuomo in his address to the House members.  
 
“Every time there has been a storm or disaster even close to the size and scope of Sandy, regardless of the region of the country, the House has approved billions of dollars in supplemental aid -- $290 billion in total since 1989 as part of 35 separate supplemental appropriations bills,” reads the joint statement from the governors, who go on to say that any delay in passing the relief bill will been seen as a shift in federal policy toward disaster assistance.
 
The House must vote on the bill by Jan. 3, otherwise a new bill will have to be drawn from the ground up.  Support for the bill among House Republicans remains uncertain as fiscal cliff negotiations appear to be taking the forefront of congress’s attention as that deadline is also nearly expired.
 
 
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