Facing heat, city touts Cool Neighborhoods

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The city says its Cool Neighborhoods program can help ward off the effects of extreme heat.

New York City can actually feel up to 22 degrees hotter than it actually is because of asphalt and buildings, officials say. And heat kills more New Yorkers than any other weather event.

The $106 million Cool Neighborhoods outreach program aims to help communities that are most vulnerable to dehydration and heat stroke. Some areas include the South Bronx, central Brooklyn and northern Manhattan. It trains about 70 people a year. Another 8,000 home health aides will also receive special training on heat-related illnesses.

Part of the program includes planting more trees to create shade and to identify rooftops that will be coated in white to reflect more heat from the sun. Officials say that those moves will also create jobs.

It will also sponsor community-based organizations that check in on people who are vulnerable to heat-related illnesses.

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