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City Bans E-Cigs

It is now illegal in the City of Glen Cove for vendors to sell e-cigarettes to anyone under the age of 19. That was the unanimous decision that passed at the Glen Cove City Council meeting last Tuesday night as the council voted 6-0 in favor of banning the sale of the product to minors. The new law is an addition to the already existing tobacco laws in the city. An e-cigarette is a battery-powered device that converts liquid nicotine into a mist, or vapor, that the user inhales.

“This is another step in our already stringent tobacco laws here in Glen Cove,” said Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello. “We want to take an active position to make our youth aware of the dangers of smoking. We feel it is the right thing to do.”

 

The new law will restrict the selling of e-cigarettes and any other nicotine containing products to anyone under the age of 19. It will also restrict the advertising and promotion of e-cigarette products within 1,000 feet of a school, playground, youth and daycare center. Any advertisement would not be allowed on the exterior and interior of a business if the ad can be seen from outside the establishment. The law would not apply to the selling of nicotine patches or gums.

 

Carol Meschkow, Nassau Project Coordinator for the Tobacco Action Coalition of Long Island, said that she approached the city many years ago about tobacco marketing in retail stores, convenience stores and gas stations, which she called the biggest tobacco marketers.

 

“These types of businesses saturate 90 percent of their budget with tobacco ads and research shows youths who visit these establishments twice or more a week are 64 percent more likely to smoke as a result of this type of marketing,” said Meschkow.

  

She added that e-cigarettes are unregulated by the FDA and that exposure to this type of marketing increases the risk of smoking.

 

“E-cigarettes have been shown to be composed of toxic chemicals and contain dangerous levels of nicotine,” said Meschkow.

 

Meschkow worked with Dr. Sharon Harris of the SAFE, (Substance Abuse Free Environment,) Inc. in an effort to stamp out the selling of tobacco related products to minors.

 

“With these smoke-free policies, our goal is to make Long Island a healthier place to live,” Meschkow said.

 

The next Glen Cove City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Glen Cove City Hall.


News

Glen Cove residents may see a 1.64 percent increase in the tax levy next year, the amount proposed at last week’s public hearing. Mayor Reginald Spinello and the Glen Cove City Council held an initial reading of the proposed budget for 2015, and will take final vote on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the next city council meeting.

 

“It’s very easy for a first time mayor to raise the taxes and blame it on a prior administration, and that is not what I am doing,” said Mayor Spinello. “In the past three administrations there were budgets with increases of  almost 28 percent to down to 12 percent, but it’s a different time now...I think that the residents are certainly going to feel relief. I put together a budget...that I believe is fair and reasonable and a good budget.”

Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.

 

As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”


Sports

The Town of Oyster Bay, in conjunction with the New York Rangers, will once again host a special Try Hockey for Free Program on Sunday morning, Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. to noon at ithe Ice Skating Center located in Bethpage Community Park, 1000 Stewart Ave. 

 

The event will allow youngsters a unique opportunity to sample the sport of ice hockey. Four morning sessions will be available. Session times are 8 to 9 a.m., 9 to 10 a.m., 10 to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon.

On Thursday, Oct. 2, North Shore High School quarterback Michael Floccari shattered a school record and tied a Long Island record for the most touchdown passes in a game. This accomplishment ties him with E.J. Clark from Seaford High School (1977) and Joe Capobianco form Lawrence High school (2011). 


Calendar

Harvest Square Dance - October 24

Fall Festival - Octobner 24 - 25

Peace, Politics and Projectiles - October 26


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