NY state senator to introduce bill that would kill daylight saving time

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A backlash against daylight saving time has ignited a push in New York to stop changing the clocks in the fall and spring.

State Sen. James Skoufis, of Westchester, says he will soon be introducing a bill to keep daylight saving time in place year-round.

"The vast majority, myself included, feel this is an antiquated, silly system that doesn't serve the purpose it originally served," he told News 12.

Medical experts at NYU-Langone Health in Huntington Station agree that standard time should be done away with. They say that one less hour of daylight can be detrimental to people’s health and well-being.

"When we have one less hour of daylight, there are increased incidents of fatigue and depression,” says Dr. Andrew Patane. “The good news is that many studies suggest that within a couple of weeks, our body clock will adjust and adapt to it."

Dr. Patane suggests taking in more vitamin D this time of year and getting more sunlight to beat “seasonal affect disorder or winter depression.”

State Sen. Skoufis says the daylight saving time bill he plans to introduce will likely require Connecticut and New Jersey to pass similar bills to avoid confusion when traveling within the tri-state area.

 

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