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Islip bans pesticides in public places

The Islip town board voted on Wednesday to ban the use of chemical pesticides in public places.

The new law calls instead for the use of organic materials in the maintenance of all of Islip's 106 town parks and other public areas that are landscaped.

"It promotes the health of our residents and it's something that will help prevent chemical runoff in the Great South Bay," said Councilman John Edwards, who sponsored the legislation. "It won't fix everything, but it's a big step in the right direction."

In May, New York state banned the use of chemical pesticides on school and daycare property.

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