New York state governor urges New York City to ban pesticide-laden lawns
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New York Gov.
Andrew Cuomo called for New York to ban pesticides that have been linked to outbreaks of deadly soil diseases.
The state has been grappling with an outbreak of turfgrass diseases that have killed dozens of people, most recently an 18-month-old baby who died from a severe respiratory illness.
Cuomo said the state needs to stop importing pesticides that are “so toxic they can kill people.”
The governor’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In a letter to state legislators, Cuomo called on the Legislature to repeal the new law banning the pesticides as well as a similar law in neighboring New Jersey, which bans the pesticide, and Pennsylvania, which has similar laws.
Cuomo also called on Gov.
Jerry Brown to repeal laws that ban pesticide use in residential areas.
The governor also called for the removal of the ban on pesticides that kill people from the New York State Agriculture Department, a division of the Department of Agriculture.
Cuomo was referring to a proposal by the Democratic-controlled state Senate to eliminate the state’s use of the pesticide.
Cuomo’s request came just hours after Brown signed an executive order that included an order banning the pesticide and requiring pesticide use to be monitored by a state laboratory.
Cuomo has argued the measures are necessary to protect the public and businesses.
“I think we have a responsibility to make sure that people can’t die from pesticides,” Cuomo said.
“It’s a big problem.
I want to make that clear.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
New York Gov.Andrew Cuomo called for New York to ban pesticides that have been linked to outbreaks of deadly soil…