Thursday: Overcast with a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 68. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%.
Thursday night: Overcast with rain showers. Fog overnight. Low of 61. Breezy. Winds from the SSW at 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 90% with rainfall amounts near 0.3 in. possible.
EVENT OF THE DAY: Halloween Re-Mixed
Celebrate Día de los Muertos, Halloween and All Saints Day with hands-on, festive fun for all ages during Halloween Re-mixed at Flushing Town Hall from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Wear a costume and enjoy mask making, All Saints Day medallions, Mexican sugar skulls and ghost stories. Free. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own
City Council approves law to raise cigarette purchase age to 21
The City Council voted Wednesday to raise the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21. Read more: The Queens Courier
New York Health Exchange affected by federal glitch
The New York Health Exchange has been unable to process applications for low-cost insurance during shutdowns of related federal databases, which occurred Sunday and again intermittently Wednesday. Read more: NBC New York
Beefed-up security planned for NYC Marathon
With the New York City Marathon set to return on Sunday after being sidelined last year by Superstorm Sandy, the specter of the Boston Marathon looms large. Read more: New York Post
Immunization clinics in Queens and the Bronx remain open
The city has reversed a plan to close immunization clinics in Queens and the Bronx, leaving them open for at least the next few months, officials said. Read more: New York Daily News
Fewer rats in NYC subway according to survey
A subway advocacy group says there are about as many rats on New York City platforms as last year. Read more: AP
Kathleen Sebelius apologizes for health law ‘debacle’
President Barack Obama claimed “full responsibility” Wednesday for fixing his administration’s much-maligned health insurance website as a new concern surfaced: a government memo pointing to security worries, laid out just days before the launch. Read more: AP