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Tobacco Ban Proposal Vetoed

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Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has vetoed a proposed law that would have prohibited the sale of tobacco products in licensed health care institutions, pharmacies and retail establishments containing a pharmacy in Albany County -  this isn't the end of the line for local anti-tobacco legislation.

In vetoing Local Law D, McCoy explained the measure lacks three things: an enforcing agency, a  collection procedure for fines and the prerequisite licensing law that would allow Albany County to regulate cigarette sales. He added that even if the legal flaws were addressed, the law's effect would be to redirect consumers to stores without pharmacies.

McCoy issued an Executive Order directing the County Attorney to prepare the necessary and appropriate licensure legislation that would include a ban on the DISPLAY of tobacco products in pharmacies and in retail stores with pharmacies. No timetable was given.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.