Smoking Ban Ordinance Passed in Albany – City Still Sucks

The Albany Common Council is always tackling the really tough issues. Except for by always I mean never. 

no smokingOn Monday night the City of Albany Common Council passed the very important No Smoking Ban for city parks. This isn’t the first time this issue has popped up, and according to News 10 the law won’t become official until Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan actually signs it.

If my memory serves me correctly, this isn’t the first time that Albany as sought out a smoking ban within its city parks. Last time around smokers rights groups got the ban lifted. So if that happened once, I don’t see how it can’t happen again.

My biggest issue is that the City of Albany seems to be focusing on people’s health, and not really their well being.

Yes, smoking is bad, and those of us who don’t smoke shouldn’t have to be forced to suck in second hand smoke. But there are plenty of ways to avoid that. Smoke free zones within the parks, like near playgrounds and such, would be a little bit more reasonable.

Those of you who know me know that I am against smoking cigarettes. It’s shocking to me how many people still smoke given all the knowledge that we have pointing to the various health risks. But it’s everyone’s right to do whatever they want. However, this is not the point of what I’m writing, and I digress.

What I’m trying to say is that the Albany Common Council claims to be fighting for the people. Okay great! So that means creating jobs, right? Nope. That means getting the city out of crippling debt, right? Nope. That means cleaning up areas high in crime and poverty right? Nope.

Instead, let’s take a hard stance against people’s rights. Forget about trying to clean up areas in Albany like where the Greyhound bus station is. No, let’s make sure no one is smoking in parks. Because that will solve anything.

I will be surprised if the Mayor or any of the common council members remain in their seats come election time given that they do absolutely nothing but put make up on an ugly city once in a while. Sorry to say, but that make up washes off and the city’s true face shows time and time again.

I’m not a city of Albany resident, but if I were I would be demanding more out of my representatives.


About BJ Ragone

Just a man with a computer, smartphone and a ridiculous amount of pop culture knowledge.

Posted on August 5, 2014, in Commentary, Local Stuff and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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