Listener Supported Public Media from Fordham University

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Tunein
  • YouTube
  • Flickr
  • Syndicate content

New York State

NY Expands No Smoking Zones in State Parks

by Associated Press

Ferran Jordà, flickr

Smoking will be banned in more places within New York state parks this summer.

The governor's office announced Friday that the state is expanding the number of smoke-free areas at state parks, pools and historic sites, including many of New York's popular beaches.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says residents should be able to enjoy the outdoors "free of pollution from secondhand smoke."

The new rules vary from park to park, so the state has posted a list online of places where smoking is banned.

Flu Reaches Emergency Level in New York State

by Associated Press

Scott Webber, flickr

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has declared a public health emergency for New York State because of the severity of the flu season.

Cuomo made the announcement Saturday. His executive order allows pharmacists to administer flu vaccinations to patients between 6 months and 18 years of age.

The order also suspends for the next month the section of State Education Law limiting the authority of pharmacists to administer immunizing agents only to individuals 18 years of age or older.

Cuomo Vetoes Teacher Pension Borrowing Bill

by Associated Press
Flickr/ Azi Paybarah

 ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vetoed legislation that would have allowed school districts to issue bonds to cover teacher pensions and effectively carve out an exception for that cost from property tax caps that take effect next year.

The bonds plus interest would have been paid off over 15 years.

Cuomo says Wednesday that families across New York have been forced to cut back and live within their means, and school districts must do the same.

WFUV News and Public Affairs

From interviews with newsmakers to features about local issues, the WFUV News team keeps listeners informed about the Tri-State area. Learn more.
How are we doing? Take our WFUV News survey.