JONES BEACH - Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today that the state will hire an additional 68 lifeguards this season, allowing some pools and beaches to have expanded hours.

The affected areas include Field 4 at Robert Moses and Zach's Bay at Jones Beach, which is expected to open up this weekend. In previous years, those swimming spots did not open until the middle of June.

State Parks Commissioner George Gorman says the move will help state beaches on Long Island bounce back from Hurricane Sandy.