The City of Cortland Common Council voted unanimously to set a public hearing date for residents to voice their opinions on a proposed local law which would limit cigarette retail sale establishments and also restrict sales to specified areas within the City of Cortland.
The public hearing will take place during the next Common Council meeting on Tuesday, January 16th at 6pm in City Hall. Mayor Scott Steve noted the law would ban retail sales of cigarettes within 1,000 feet of all schools within the City as well as the YWCA and YMCA which offer a multitude of youth programs.
“Of the 18 licensed cigarette sales points, 4 of them are actually in the area that would not [be in the buffer].” Mayor Steve said during the meeting.
For the current licensed businesses within the proposed buffer zone, they would be grandfathered into the law and still allowed to sell cigarettes. However, once that business ceases, a license will not be renewed on that property.