County Tobacco Law Postponed; Landfill Solar Project Again Moved Forward

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Consideration of a local law that would place tighter restrictions on tobacco sales and use in Cortland County was postponed yesterday (October 10) at the Health & Human Services Committee.

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The Cortland County Public Health Protection Act would not only prohibit all tobacco sales in pharmacies, but also ban smoking near bus stations or in cars that have child passengers.

A motion to postpone the measure was unanimous, with the intent of allowing more time for the county’s legal team to review the proposal, specifically as it applies to enforcing the provision on smoking in motor vehicles.

Further analyzing the law will be District Attorney Pat Perfetti, County Attorney Karen Howe and Health Administrator Catherine Feuerherm

A potential vote on the law has now been set for the committee’s November 7 meeting.

Meanwhile, the County’s Ag/Planning and Environmental Committee again passed through a proposed solar project at the county landfill, which failed at last month’s full legislative session.

(Read more on that proposal here.)

A motion came up at yesterday’s meeting to table the topic, which failed by a 2-5 tally.

The same margin would then approve a subsequent resolution to again move the project forward for consideration by the full Legislature.

Committee leaders indicated they believe they now have enough votes to get the project approved.

The measure will again be considered, and possibly voted on, at this month’s session on October 24.

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