Broome County Officials to Respond to Upcoming Legislative Vote on Tobacco Free Playgrounds in Broome County Parks

BINGHAMTON, NY - The Broome County Health Department's Steps to a Healthier New York program is holding a news conference in anticipation of the Broome County Legislature passing a resolution prohibiting smoking in the playground areas of Broome County parks. The vote is scheduled to take place on Thursday, May 17.

WHAT: News Conference

WHO: Barbara J. Fiala, Broome County Executive
Matthew T. Ryan, Mayor, City of Binghamton
Phyllis Nichols, Public Health Analyst, Steps to a HealthierUS, Centers for Disease Control Division of Adult and Community Health
Alison Rhodes-Devey, Community Partnership Mgr. Bureau of Tobacco Use and Prevention Control, New York State Dept. of Health
Claudia A. Edwards, Public Health Director, Broome County Health Dept.
David Cody, Director, Broome County Parks and Recreation
Patricia Fell, Director, Community Health Services, United Health Services Hospitals
Christie Finch, Professional Education Coordinator, Mothers and Babies Perinatal Network
Kim Hope, Smoke Free Playground Advocate

WHEN: May 18, 2007 at 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Otsiningo Park
1 Otsiningo Park
Binghamton, NY 13901

Steps to a HealthierNY is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as part of Steps to a HealthierUS, a national program focusing on the prevention of diabetes, obesity and asthma and addressing related risk factors -- poor nutrition, physical inactivity and tobacco use and exposure. For more information about Steps to a HealthierNY in Broome County, please visit or call 607.778.3902.

Steps to a HealthierUS Cooperative Agreement is a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) program advancing the HealthierUS goal to help Americans live longer, better and healthier lives. Through funding of community-based interventions, this program aims to reduce the burden of diabetes, obesity and asthma, and address three related risk behaviors -- poor nutrition, physical inactivity and tobacco use and exposure. For more information, please visit