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NYC Daily Roundup: City Council approves electric school bus bill, Mount Sinai facing bed bugs and more news for 10/22

Anthony Payero

By Anthony Payero

(NEW YORK) Happy Friday, fellow New Yorkers! The end of the workweek is here and it is time to celebrate. Today is Friday, Oct. 22, and with a high of 68 on this partly cloudy day, it's a great time to enjoy some time outside before the cooler air comes to our area next week.

Before wrapping up your work and disconnecting for the weekend, here is the top news you need this Friday:

1.) City Council calls for all school buses to be electric by 2035

The New York City Council passed a bill in October that requires all school buses to be electric by 2035 in an effort to improve the city's air quality.

“Today we are doubling down on reducing air pollution and carbon emissions from our vehicles,” said De Blasio. “The clean transportation future we need is being built right here, right now.”  

New York City Schools Chancellor Meisha Ross Porter also spoke in favor of the move stating, ” our children deserve an environment that is cleaner, greener and brighter than how we left it, and this announcement brings us one step closer to that reality. New York City is pioneering this important work to combat climate change and reaffirming our commitment to healthier school communities across the five boroughs.”

2.) Mount Sinai troubled by bedbug takeover in rehab area

The Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Center on Madison Avenue has been dealing with bedbugs all week, according to the New York Post. The issue was first reported Sunday, with pest control not showing up until Wednesday, sources told the Post.

“Management should be ashamed for waiting until (Wednesday) to call pest control and continuing to put our patients in danger when they come here to heal,” one physician told The Post.

The hospital responded promptly with a statement, saying: “As per hospital protocol, environmental services and pest control were notified. The area was cleared of personal belongings, closed, treated and disinfected.”

3.) NYC Public Schools to allow fans to gather for sporting events

The Public School Athlete League is leaving it up to schools whether they want to allow spectators for sporting events this fall, with COVID-19 protocols in place.

Face masks, social distancing and proof of vaccination are required for all attendees.

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