A proposal to ban tobacco sales in the Cayuga County village of Union Springs was introduced to residents on Tuesday Night. The village is looking to create a law that would make the sale of tobacco products a class B misdemeanor. The New York Penal code denotes that the a class B misdemeanor is punishable by up to a year in jail.
The village officials were inspired by the town of Westminster, Massachusetts which is due to vote on a similar ban after prohibiting public comments at a hearing regarding the law. The hearing in Union Springs, NY was attended by approximately 15 people before the public hearing was shut down after 10 minutes of public comments.
After the hearing the Mayor of Union Springs, Ed Trufant (Republican) said that the village will continue to discuss the proposal and that another public hearing could be held in the future.
Union Springs is home to 1,200 residents over 1.8 square miles and was founded in 1848.