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Legislators Refuse To Raise Age To Buy Tobacco

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The Cortland County Legislature voted following a public hearing on a proposed local law to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21.

Despite requests from several speakers from Cortland and across the state, legislators voted against the proposal.

Many lawmakers said if an 18-year old can choose to go to war, they can choose tobacco, even if it’s not good for them. Others asked what’s next? Soda? Sugar?

Tompkins Cortland Community College

Legislators did approve Cortland County’s share of the costs for a new roof at Tompkins Cortland Community College, and for a new child care center.

The legislature’s vote on the budget has to wait until next Thursday, and a special 9 am meeting¬†because the legal notices were late.

Other items:

Legislators accepted the donated land in South Cortland once thought to be the site of a new county jail.

They approved an additional $332,572 to add six full-time and 3 part-time corrections officers during the current budget cycle.

The additional staff was ordered following a review of the Cortland County Jail by the state corrections department.

A revised workmen’s compensation plan also passed. Legislators hope it fairly distributes costs to municipalities.

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