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New Yorkers short on leisure

Of the people with children under the age of 18 at home, 86 percent said having the children at home is an enormous factor keeping them from doing what they want to do, Levy said.

According to Levy, the economy has also been a big factor affecting New Yorkers' leisure time.

"People are worried about money now more than I can ever remember," he said, commenting that many people answered on the poll that in their free time, they are out there looking for another kind of income, taking away time from their leisure time, as well as providing them anxiety.

"We asked about whether people like to go to restaurants or bars," said Levy. "Thirty percent of people would like to do it more."

Levy said many answered that the reason they do not do these types of activities for leisure is because they are concerned about the costs.

"This isn't to say that people aren't doing these things " they are. But it's the less active, more isolated leisure activities that are being done with the greatest frequency," he said.

Another thing the poll revealed was that leisure time makes people feel healthier. "People told us that when they have leisure, they said it brings out the best in them," said Levy.

The Spotlight asked a number of area business professionals about how they felt about the leisure time in their lives.

According to Erin Hart, 51, of Schenectady, a customer service supervisor for Prudential Manor Homes, if she did not have leisure time, her health could be in jeopardy.

"I would probably, like most people, end up getting sick," Hart said.

Hart said she typically works from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., sometimes six or seven days a week.

"It tires me out when I have to work seven days straight," she said. "It's difficult; it wears you down."

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