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Bill would ban doctors’ neckties to curb germs

ALBANY — Some lawmakers in Albany want a state law to prohibit doctors from wearing neckties in hospitals.

The proposal made Tuesday cites a study that shows bacteria that could lead to serious infection can be carried on ties and other loose-fitting clothing.

The Independent Democratic Conference in the state Senate is calling for the legislation to redress what they consider a fashion emergency.

Republicans have a 32-30 advantage over Democrats in the chamber, but the independent caucus has at times sided with the GOP.

The independent Democrats are Sens. Jeffrey Klein of the Bronx, Diane Savino of Staten Island, David Valesky of central New York, and David Carlucci of Orange and Rockland counties.