- Associated Press - Friday, December 26, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A new state law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently is designed to preserve dark night skies by setting shielding requirements for outdoor lighting installed by state agencies.

Major industry and advocacy groups, including the International Dark Skies Association, worked with state Assembly and Senate members to develop the model outdoor lighting bill.

So-called “light pollution” obscures views of the stars, intrudes on the privacy of others, and interferes with normal patterns of behavior and physiology of plants and animals.

The International Dark Skies Association says it’s estimated that $3 billion to $4 billion a year is wasted in the United States in the unintended lighting of the sky rather than the streets and other spaces lighting was intended for.

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