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City Launches Discount Drug Card

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prescription medication
Flick3r&fade, Flickr

Medication is expensive, especially for those who are underinsured or have no insurance at all. So, the Big Apple is introducing a downloadable card to make prescription medication more affordable.

New York City Flunks Air Quality Report

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Chrysler Building, Smog
Laurence Dodd, Flickr

New York City’s air ranks amongst the dirtiest in the United States. According to the American Lung Association’s annual State of the Air report, the five boroughs have the worst air in state, with the Bronx representing the most dangerous levels of pollutants statewide. 

State Senator Urges Locally Grown Produce

by Claudia Morell
State Senator David Carlucci's Office

New York State Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) has introduced a bill in Albany to help local farmers.  He wants to give a $100 tax credit for every $1,000 restaurants spend on locally grown produce.  To qualify, a restaurant must buy fresh food from any farm within a 100-mile radius.  Carlucci said this would help boost the local farm industries around the state.

Bloomberg, Clinton Announce Cleaner Air in Times Square

by Claudia Morell
Mayor Bloomberg and President Clinton
Claudia Morell, WFUV

The quality of air in Times Square is cleaner and healthier since a pedestrian plaza was opened in 2009, according to a recent study by the New York City Department of Health. The plaza is one of many around the city including Union Square, Columbus Circle, and Herald Square, and is part of Mayor Bloomberg’s initiative to make New York City “greener” by 2030.

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