TO THE EDITOR: On Sept. 5, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed two new laws to help protect New York state’s children and teens from the harmful effects of tobacco and the addictive properties of nicotine.
One of the laws includes actions that prohibit smoking within 100 feet of the entrances or exits of any public or private schools. The other bans the sale of electronic cigarettes to people under the age of 18.
These steps are crucial in the progress to protect the youth in our communities. Although smoking on school properties has been banned in New York since 1994, children can still be exposed to secondhand smoke if a school building is located close to other public or private properties.
The restriction on smoking near schools helps children, teens and families enjoy clean, tobacco-free air. They also help to prevent smoking-related illnesses associated with second-hand smoke, like asthma, colds, bronchitis or ear infections.
Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, contain nicotine, which is the addictive substance in tobacco products. Some e-cigarette companies are trying to market their products as a “safer” cigarette, but those claims are not approved nor regulated by the FDA.
The health consequences of e-cigarettes are not known at this time. It showed important leadership that Gov. Cuomo approved eliminating minors’ access to e-cigarettes. Before this legislation, e-cigarettes were unregulated and accessible to all ages.
After attending the National Conference on Tobacco or Health in Kansas City, I learned that New York is viewed nationally as a leader in helping to protect youth from the dangerous health effects of tobacco. We need to continue this work, and I applaud the state legislators who supported these laws.
Tobacco Control Program assistant
Clinton County Health Department
Adirondack Tobacco Free Network
Tour de Force support
TO THE EDITOR: I recently completed my fourth Tour de Force bicycle ride, which began on Sept. 8 from Boston and ended on Sept. 11 in New York City.
The mission of the Tour de Force is to honor the victims of 9/11 and to raise funds for the families of police officers killed in the line of duty. More than 200 riders from across the United States and Ireland raised over $350,000 for the families of police officers killed in the line of duty.
This year, we had a total of 12 North Country law-enforcement officers ride and raised more than $37,000. I was the top fundraiser, and, with that, received a trip to Florida, which I then donated back to the Tour de Force.
The list is long with many people and businesses I want to thank, and I cannot get all the names in, so I thank all the active and retired members of the New York State Police, all my neighbors and friends and all the people who donated their bottles and cans countless times. It means a lot to me.
A special thanks goes to the businesses that helped out: Sue Stefanik and the Dry Dock family, Bill McBride Chevrolet, Heins Family Dentistry, High Peaks Dental, Yardworks, John Ryan and The Store Tavern, Bob Hall & Bobby’s Lounge, Mckee & Associates, Hail Conant, Uno’s, Earls Cyclery, Keeseville Elks, Peru and Plattsburgh Lions.
And a big thanks to Essex County Sheriff Richard Cutting and Franklin County Sheriff Kevin Mulverhill.
This was the 11th Tour de Force, and it was a memorable ride. I ride for all the officers but for two in particular: Troopers Joseph A. Longobardo and David C. Brinkerhoff, both members of the New York State Police MRT and both killed in the line of duty.
Retired New York State trooper
TO THE EDITOR: Momot Elementary School hosted its annual Fall Open House and Picnic on Sept. 27.
Many individuals, families, and local businesses contributed. The Momot PTO would like to thank Lashway’s Meat Market, Freihofer’s, Valley Vending, Champlain Valley Specialty and Price Chopper for their very kind donations. These businesses donate annually and their generosity is so appreciated.
We also thank representatives from both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York. We were fortunate to have Patrolman Clarke of the Plattsburgh City Police on hand with a close-up view of his car. Thanks also to Firefighters Bogensberger and Schmidt for cheerfully helping children in and out of their Plattsburgh City fire engine.
And, finally, a big thank you to our battalion of staff, student and parent volunteers and our kitchen and custodial staff.
Momot Elementary School
TO THE EDITOR: The Willsboro Youth Commission would like to take the opportunity to send our appreciation out to numerous people.
Thanks to parents/guardians of the students who participate in our soccer program; John Drinkwine Jr., Jessica Bridge, Rob and Bonnie Bruno, Greg and Nicole Cassavaugh and Travis and Nancy Crowningshield for coaching soccer teams; Gail Drinkwine, Jack Thompson and Jessica Drinkwine who helped in concessions; Clarence Russell, who made field signs; Randy Swires for upkeep and lining of the soccer fields; Steve Broadwell and the faculty of Willsboro Central School for their continued support; Brandy Pierce and Fran Lee; Supervisor Hatch, the Willsboro Town Council and staff; our local businesses, particularly The Village Meat Market and Cable Communications of Willsboro; Willsboro DPW; Dale Wells and the Willsboro EMS; and to student volunteers from WCS, soccer teams, Junior National Honor Society and National Honor Society members; and to Paul Arnold, Michelle Cross, Mark Schiesser, James Leibeck, John Oliver and Todd Pierson for their support (the fine print of being a part of the Willsboro Youth Commission says “significant others are often called upon for assistance”).
We also thank Mike Mascaranus and Dan Sadowski, the Essex County Youth Bureau and all of the community members of the surrounding towns for the encouragement, guidance and support. We are so lucky to be part of this elite group of small Adirondack towns.
Our biggest round of applause goes to our youth participants, who demonstrate great sportsmanship, athleticism and a positive attitude. It is truly a pleasure to watch the enthusiasm you show every day. You make us very proud.
KAREN ARNOLD, NANCY ARTHUR, TERRY CROSS, JOAN HUBBARD, JENNIFER LEIBECK, MARCI OLIVER AND CARRIE PIERSON
Willsboro Youth Commission
Successful food drive
TO THE EDITOR: On Oct. 5, 6 and 7, Champlain Knights of Columbus Council 3525 members ran the second-annual Fill the Pantries, Feed the People food drive.
Over this three-day period, we collected more than 2,429 food items and raised $3,525 in monetary donations.
A special thanks to the committee members: Chairman Brother Tom Trombley, Richard Favreau, Bruce West, Chuck Connor and Francis Mercaldi.
Thank you to all the members who served with their time to make this such a success.
And a special thank you to Champlain Price Chopper, Mooers Food Pantry and all the members of the community who donated money and food items.