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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Clear in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 48. Breezy. Winds from the NW at 20 to 25 mph with gusts to 30 mph.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 34. Breezy. Winds from the NNW at 10 to 20 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Benjamin Britten: The Complete Cello Suites

Celebrate the 100th birthday of Britain’s greatest composer with three suites for solo violoncello performed by Lost Dog cellist Emily Brausa at St. Joseph’s Church in Astoria at 7:30 p.m. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Mayor Bloomberg to sign bill banning tobacco sales to anyone under 21

Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to sign landmark legislation Tuesday banning the sale of tobacco products to anyone under age 21, making New York the first large city in the country to prohibit sales to young adults. Read more: NBC New York

Stop-and-frisk actions down 80 percent compared with last year

The number of street stops under the NYPD stop-and-frisk policy has plummeted 80 percent in recent months compared with the same time last year, and officers are recovering fewer weapons, according to police department data obtained Monday. Read more: AP/CBS New York

LIRR-Amtrak deal to enhance East River service

Improved maintenance of the East River tunnels used by Amtrak and Long Island Rail Road is in the works following a deal brokered by Sen. Charles Schumer and Amtrak. Read more: Fox New York/AP

Parents opposed to Common Core stage nationwide protest

Parents opposed to the new Common Core standards in schools staged a nationwide protest Monday. Read more: CBS New York

Oxford dictionaries name “selfie” the 2013 Word of the Year

Michelle Obama shared one with her “first dog” Bo, Hillary Clinton tweeted one with her daughter Chelsea. Now “selfie” — the smartphone self-portrait — has been declared word of the year for 2013, according to Britain’s Oxford University Press. Read more: NBC New York

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST 

Thursday: Overcast with a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 68. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%.
Thursday night: Overcast with rain showers. Fog overnight. Low of 61. Breezy. Winds from the SSW at 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 90% with rainfall amounts near 0.3 in. possible.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Halloween Re-Mixed

Celebrate Día de los Muertos, Halloween and All Saints Day with hands-on, festive fun for all ages during Halloween Re-mixed at Flushing Town Hall from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Wear a costume and enjoy mask making, All Saints Day medallions, Mexican sugar skulls and ghost stories. Free. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

City Council approves law to raise cigarette purchase age to 21

The City Council voted Wednesday to raise the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21. Read more: The Queens Courier

New York Health Exchange affected by federal glitch

The New York Health Exchange has been unable to process applications for low-cost insurance during shutdowns of related federal databases, which occurred Sunday and again intermittently Wednesday. Read more: NBC New York

Beefed-up security planned for NYC Marathon

With the New York City Marathon set to return on Sunday after being sidelined last year by Superstorm Sandy, the specter of the Boston Marathon looms large. Read more: New York Post

Immunization clinics in Queens and the Bronx remain open

The city has reversed a plan to close immunization clinics in Queens and the Bronx, leaving them open for at least the next few months, officials said. Read more: New York Daily News

Fewer rats in NYC subway according to survey

A subway advocacy group says there are about as many rats on New York City platforms as last year. Read more: AP

Kathleen Sebelius apologizes for health law ‘debacle’

President Barack Obama claimed “full responsibility” Wednesday for fixing his administration’s much-maligned health insurance website as a new concern surfaced: a government memo pointing to security worries, laid out just days before the launch. Read more: AP

 

 

City Council approves law to raise cigarette purchase age to 21


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Updated, Monday, November 4

They can drive, vote and join the Army, but 18 to 20-year-olds will soon lose the right to purchase cigarettes in the city.

The City Council voted October 30 to raise the minimum age for purchasing cigarettes and other tobacco products, as well as e-cigarettes, from 18 to 21. It passed by a 35-10 vote.

“…Our city is sending a powerful signal to the tobacco industry and its allies that hooking our kids on nicotine will no longer be a viable business model,” said Councilmember James Gennaro, one of the law’s sponsors.

It will now go to Mayor Michael Bloomberg to be signed into law. Bloomberg, who has spearheaded measures such as banning smoking in bars and restaurants, supports the age increase.

New York will then become the first major U.S. city to have a minimum smoking age of 21.

Although the city has cut the smoking rate over the last decade, the rate among youths has remained consistent at 8.5 percent since 2007, according to the City Council.

Eighty percent of the city’s adults who become daily smokers start smoking before reaching the age of 21, according to the City Council.

Jim Calvin, president of the New York Association of Convenience Stores, argues that it will still be simple for younger smokers to obtain cigarettes from older friends or family members and black-market sources.

The same day, the City Council also passed legislation which attempts to limit access to illegal tobacco products and strengthens enforcement against illegal cigarette dealers.

“The City Council is hoping they will all quit smoking the next day. The reality is they won’t,” Calvin said, pointing out the law only changes purchase age not use.

While illegal sellers will benefit, he said, licensed retailers will not only lose sales from tobacco products, but also from products that those buyers tend to purchase at the same time, such as coffee or magazines.

A clerk at Hi Life, a pipe and tobacco shop on Union Turnpike, right outside of the St. John’s University campus, expected his establishment and others in the area to lose a lot of business from students.

“I believe it will bring a loss–around 10 to 15 percent of business. The other products will still sell,” said an employee at the Continental Smoke Shop in Forest Hills.

At Dutt News, also in Forest Hills, however, a clerk predicted little effect since most of its sales come from 22 to 25-year-olds.

-With additional reporting by Nikki Djokovich

 

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