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Oswego County Legislature Praised for Efforts in Passing State Ban on Synthetic Marijuana and Bath Salts

SARATOGA COUNTY, NY – Oswego County leaders and the New York State Association of Counties were among the driving forces behind recent legislation (A7893-2013, S1686-2013) signed by Governor Cuomo criminalizing the sale and possession of dangerous unregulated synthetic drugs.

The Governor signed the bill into law on September 13.

From left are: Legislator Morris Sorbello, Legislator Margaret Kastler, Legislator Louella LeClair, Legislator Linda Lockwood, Legislator James Karasek, County Administrator Phil Church, Legislator Terry Wilbur, NYSAC Executive Director Stephen Acquario and NYSAC President Mark Alger (Steuben County).
From left are: Legislator Morris Sorbello, Legislator Margaret Kastler, Legislator Louella LeClair, Legislator Linda Lockwood, Legislator James Karasek, County Administrator Phil Church, Legislator Terry Wilbur, NYSAC Executive Director Stephen Acquario and NYSAC President Mark Alger (Steuben County).

At the NYSAC Fall Seminar last month, Executive Director Stephen Acquario presented members of the Oswego County Legislature with copies of the legislation, signed by Governor Cuomo and framed with the signing pen.

“The voice of Oswego County and counties across the state was heard. With the passing of this legislation, our communities will better be able to protect their residents from the significant public health threat posed by these substances,” Acquario said. “I applaud the efforts of the Oswego County officials in speaking out about the dangers of these drugs.”

The New York State County Executives Association is an affiliate of the Association of Counties, a bipartisan municipal association serving all 62 counties of New York State including the city of New York.

Organized in 1925, NYSAC’s mission is to represent, educate and advocate for member counties and the thousands of elected and appointed county officials who serve the public.