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Lifeguard shortage? New York hopes to have that addressed by summer

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As summer approaches, upstate cities like Binghamton, Rochester, and Buffalo face a familiar challenge: a shortage of lifeguards leading to closures of public pools.

Last year, Binghamton and Rochester each had to keep two city pools closed for most of the season, while Buffalo had to close three.


Governor Kathy Hochul’s recent decision to lower the minimum age for lifeguards at municipal and state swimming areas to 15 provides hope for addressing the shortage.

This change in state law is expected to boost employment opportunities for teenagers, potentially helping more pools open this summer. Alongside cities and counties, YMCAs and the American Red Cross across the state will be offering lifeguard certification in the coming weeks.



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