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March 2, 2009 - John D'Agostino
Almost all laws in New York state do not allow smoking in public places.
In fact, last time a major smoking law revision was made was around 2003. It was then that restaurants, taverns and bars were told smoking would no longer be allowed at those establishments.
Here is my question: Why are municipal employees allowed to smoke in their vehicles? Technically, it is a public vehicle.
Also, why are some public officials smoking outside the entrance to Dunkirk City Hall? Most businesses and public locations have not allowed smoking around their buildings for up to more than two years.
All municipalities need to be consistent in their decisions. Smoking, which was once acceptable in just about every location you entered, is no longer welcome by many. Government leaders should see that state smoking laws are followed.
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