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Legislators call on state to follow Putnam County’s lead

CARMEL – Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell’s signature on a local law prohibiting the sale and possession of synthetic drugs anywhere in the county has prompted county legislators to urge New York State lawmakers to follow suit.

The county legislature has adopted a resolution urging the county’s state lawmakers – Senator Sue Serino, Senator-elect Peter Harckham, Assemblywoman Sandy Galef and Assemblyman Kevin Byrne, to introduce and support a bill similar to Putnam County’s.

Outgoing Legislator Barbara Scuccimarra who chairs the Health Committee noted that New York State is experiencing “increased crimes, emergency room cases, illnesses and deaths linked to the use of synthetic drugs and other similar substances that are openly sold or marketed throughout the state as well as online.”

Legislature Chairman Joseph Castellano added while the state has updated its schedule of controlled substances, “many new variants of these substances are able to avoid prohibition by slightly changing their chemical composition. While our local law is in place, synthetic drugs will be more effectively regulated on a statewide basis through a comprehensive regulatory plan that covers existing as well as newly created drug variants rather than through a patchwork of regulations enacted by individual municipalities.”

The resolution was unanimously approved and forwarded to the governor in addition to Putnam’s delegation in Albany.



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