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State announces initiatives to protect residents ahead of total solar eclipse

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Governor Kathy Hochul announced initiatives to prepare New Yorkers for the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8 focusing on public safety and scam awareness. The state plans to distribute limited edition I LOVE NY eclipse glasses at 30 locations, including New York State Welcome Centers and select NYS Thruway service areas, to ensure viewers can safely enjoy the celestial event. The campaign also aims to heighten awareness of potential scams, including fake merchandise and accommodation listings, advising consumers to shop smartly and protect their personal and financial information.

The eclipse, marking a significant celestial event for New York, especially in regions within the path of totality, has prompted the state to emphasize the importance of using specialized eclipse glasses for direct observation. This is part of a broader effort to safeguard the eyesight of those witnessing the event, with health officials underscoring the dangers of using inadequate eye protection.

In addition to safety preparations, New York State officials are addressing the logistical and economic implications of the eclipse, expecting an influx of visitors and traffic. The state’s comprehensive approach includes traffic management strategies and promoting local tourism, encouraging eclipse enthusiasts to extend their stay and explore more of what New York has to offer. This event underscores New York’s commitment to ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for both residents and visitors during this rare astronomical occurrence.