Public hearing set for Seneca Cty Smoking Ban

Seneca County supervisors will listen to constituents at Sept. 13 meeting. The public will get to voice their opinions about the local law that is to ban smoking on all property owned or leased by Seneca County.At Tuesday’s county Board of Supervisors meeting, a resolution was passed to introduce the law. A public hearing on the measure will be held in conjunction with the Sept. 13 board meeting. After some discussion, apublic hearing on the proposed local law was approved by a weighted vote of 472-278.Supervisors engaged in discussions expressing a wide range of opinions relative to the proposed policy. Some felt it a duty to do what is in the best health interest of county employees and visitors as recommended by the county of Board of Health. Others felt good intentions should not allow government to over regulate people’s behavior.The county received a petition with 138 signaturesrequesting that the Seneca Connections Drop-In Center on Cayuga Street in Seneca Falls, a facility operated by the county and Elmira Psychiatric Center, be exempt from the law. A separate petition with 66signatures opposing the local law also was sent tothe board.South Seneca school district Superintendent JanieNusser, American Lung Association spokeswomanKathleen O’Neill and Finger Lakes Health CEO and president Dr. Jose Acevedo supported the proposedlaw. In addition, the Seneca County Board of Health and public health staff sent nine letters backingthe smoking ban.

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