Town of Oyster Bay gives away hundreds of children’s life jackets in time for boating season

All children under 12 years old must wear a life jacket when boating under New York state law.

News 12 Staff

May 13, 2023, 4:20 PM

Updated 398 days ago

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The Town of Oyster Bay gave away over 600 life jackets for children on Saturday just in time for boating season.
The New York State Police Chiefs Association, Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman helped distribute the life jackets at John Burns Park.
All children under 12 years old must wear a life jacket when boating under New York state law.
One Massapequa mother told News 12 she's glad her family was able to get their own life jackets.
"I actually had wanted to purchase boating life jackets for [my children], the ones that were approved by the [National Boating Safety Advisory Committee]. They're expensive, so it's great that they're doing this for the community just to ensure the safety of all the little ones out there,” said Tara Banta.
If you missed the giveaway, you can still call the Town of Oyster Bay to get a life jacket.


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