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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PR- 127-05
April 4, 2005

MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG SIGNS LEGISLATION INCREASING INFORMATION ON BEACH CLOSINGS

Remarks by Mayor Bloomberg at a Public Hearing on Local Laws

"The next bill before me is Introductory Number 462-A, sponsored by Council Members Gioia, Avella, Barron, Boyland, Clarke, Comrie, Fidler, Gennaro, Gerson, Gonzalez, Koppell, Liu, Martinez, McMahon, Nelson, Quinn, Recchia, Reed, Rivera, Sanders, Weprin, Foster, Lanza and Gallagher.

"This bill requires the Department of Parks and Recreation to post the results of beach inspections at comfort stations at all City-operated bathing beaches, and on the agency's website. 

"The bill also requires that the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene provide information on its website detailing water quality inspection results.  The Parks Department will include on its comfort station signs a statement directing people to the City's website if they want to obtain more information.

"Intro. 462-A additionally requires that if a particular beach is under advisory or is closed, the City must post the reason for the advisory or closure. 

"The Parks Department and the Health Department already post most of this information on the City's website and make it available through 311.  This bill will codify this practice and expand the breadth of our posting.

"As we await the return of warm weather, this bill will help ensure that all New Yorkers will enjoy a great day at the beach by having easy access to information about the City's 14 miles of public beaches." 







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