Morning Minute: September 18th, 2019

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) – As of Tuesday, New York became the first state to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes. The ban covers all flavored cigarettes and other vaping products except for menthol and tobacco flavors

There will be a two week grace period for retailers to remove the flavored products or they can face fines of up to $2,000 per violation.

Opponents say this will shut down vape stores and some say people they’ve used flavored e-cigs to quit smoking traditional cigarettes.

Governor Cuomo is abandoning for now, a proposal to mandate replacing license plates across the state. The proposal would have charged drivers up to $40 for a new plate.

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Many lawmakers were outspoken on the idea, saying the change was unnecessary and charging people for those plates would be unfair to taxpayers.

A spokesman says the governor will work with the legislature for an alternative to ensuring plates are readable by law enforcement
and the cashless tolling systems.

One Schuyler County Village has a shiny new fire truck.


The Village of Odessa announcing the arrival of the Odessa Fire Department’s new rescue pumper.

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