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New York law: Goodbye To gas-powered vehicles by 2035

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On Wednesday, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation essentially prohibiting the sale of new internal combustion engine automobiles, off-road vehicles, light-duty trucks, and equipment by 2035.

The proposal, presented by New York state senator Pete Harckham, also mandates that all new heavy- and medium-duty vehicles sold in New York have “zero emissions” by 2045.

The state of New York defines zero-emission cars as battery-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles, or hydrogen fuel-cell-electric vehicles, according to the website of the Department of Environmental Conservation.

The new law could be a shot in the arm for automakers selling or planning electric vehicles, such as Tesla, start-ups such as Lucid Motors and Rivian, and incumbents such as Volkswagen and GM, which have shifted their focus to battery-powered electrics to meet consumer demand and comply with stricter environmental regulations. CNBC reported.

The governor’s office stated in a blog post introducing the new law on Wednesday that the changes assist New York’s goal of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions by 85 percent by 2050.

According to the National Automobile Dealership Association, New York state accounted for around 6% of light-duty vehicle sales in the United States last year, as well as $60 billion in dealership income.

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Kentrell McNeal, 15, killed in Chicago Shooting

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Two Chicago high school students were killed in gun violence in Chicago on Tuesday. 15-year-old Simeon High School student, Kentrell McNeal has been identified as one of the deceased.

 McNeal was pronounced dead at 9:33 a.m. Wednesday.

McNeal and the 14-year-old boy were attacked while sitting in a car around 6:30 p.m. in the 5200 block of South Lake Park Avenue. According to Police

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The younger boy was struck in the leg and transported to Comer Children’s Hospital in critical condition, police said.

McNeal suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was taken to Provident Hospital, police said. He was transferred to Comer.

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McNeal was part of the nonprofit youth group Good Kids Mad City, according to the group’s executive director Carlil Pittman.

“Lately I had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with Kentrell,” Pittman wrote on Twitter. 

 is why it’s so important to have creative spaces and outlets for young people to be able to go to because there’s nothing on the streets of Chicago for them already. RIP.”

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