First Hearing Scheduled For Proposed New York City Outdoor Smoking Ban

Below, please find the first notice of a hearing for the proposed New York City OUTDOOR smoking ban. CRA encourages all New York City cigar enthusiasts to either attend, submit testimony, or contact a member of New York City Council with your opposition to this proposed ordinance. (Contact information for members of New York City Council is noted below.)

Here is a copy of the public hearing notice:

September 30, 2010

RE: Int. No. 332 - A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to prohibiting smoking in pedestrian plazas and public parks and to repeal subdivision b of section 17-513 of the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring a study regarding the prevention of second-hand smoke circulation in restaurants.

Please be advised that the Committee on Health jointly with the Committee on Parks and Recreation will hold a hearing on Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. in the 14th Floor Committee Room, 250 Broadway, New York, NY regarding the above-referred topic.

You are hereby invited to attend this hearing and testify therein. Please feel free to bring with you such members of your staff you deem appropriate to the subject matter.

If you plan to participate, it would be greatly appreciated if you could bring twenty (20) copies double-sided of your written testimony to the hearing. Due to increased building security procedures, please bring identification & allot some extra time for entry through the building lobby.

I would appreciate receiving a response from you as to whether or not you will be able to attend. Thank you for your cooperation.


Gary Altman
Legislative Counsel

New York's City Council Members Contact Information

CRA is urging all members in the state of New York take action by contacting the members of New York's City Council to express your opposition to this expanded smoking ban policy.

Remember to tell them that "enjoying a cigar is not a crime!"

Click Here for a complete listing of New York City Council Members

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg Is At It Again!

Last November, Michael Bloomberg won a third term as Mayor of New York by a margin of 50,342 votes, out of 1.1 million ballots cast. This, after he dropped $80 million on his campaign, and garnering just eight more votes per precinct than his opponent, NYC Controller William Thompson, in each of the city's 6,110 polling sites. Eight votes per precinct, and there would have been no more Bloomberg. That's why CRA has Smoke the Vote 2010 .

But until he's out of office, we have to continue this fight. Now, Mayor Bloomberg has revisited and issued his support for a new outdoor smoking ban in New York City that would extend the city's smoking ordinance to 14 miles of beaches and more than 1,700 parks. He's backing the proposal from his Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley. That's the same Health Department that spent $71,000 to produce pamphlets on how to safely use Heroin. Amazing.

In the words of NYC film maker Tom Hruby, "Try to regulate the airspace of a park, and you're one step from a fascist state."

Why can't Mayor Bloomberg act more like California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who recently vetoed a similar measure that passed their legislature? Governor Schwarzenegger stated that the proposed [smoking ban on] parks and beaches was "an improper intrusion of government into people's lives." That's a simple message to Mayor Bloomberg.

On November 29, 2009 Parade Magazine ran a piece on outdoor smoking bans. It posed an opinion poll to their readership on whether outdoor bans should be enacted. In its traditionally biased fashion, Parade notes the growth in such bans, pending legislation on outdoor smoking, and the proverbial citation of the regurgitated 2006 Surgeon General's Report.

But a funny thing happened on the way to the polling place. Cigar Rights of America disseminated the poll to its members, Facebook and Twitter community and related mediums. Other like-minded organizations jumped in, and within days, what was to be a lopsided poll turned from being against cigar enthusiasts, into a 69% to 31% victory for the cause, against the imposition of outdoor bans.

The science is dubious and inconclusive regarding these matters, and public sentiment is turning, realizing that government control of people's lives is going too far.

Let's send a message to Mayor Bloomberg and New York 's City Council.


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