Suffolk is serious about its bans

Suffolk County legislators are thinking about banning the Suffolk County legislators are thinking about banning the sale of energy drinks to kids under 19. (Feb. 3, 2011) Photo Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin

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Ellis Henican

Henican is a columnist for Newsday. He also is a political analyst at the Fox News Channel and ...

What hasn't Suffolk County banned or restricted yet? Wouldn't that be a much shorter list? The roster of the officially verboten is getting awfully lengthy.

Drop-side baby cribs.

Toxic detergents.

Steel-jaw leg traps for small animals.

Infant bottles containing BPA.

Electronic cigarettes in county buildings (over objections from the Long Island Vapors Club -- and whatever happened to them?).

Plastic food wrappers (banned in 1988, unbanned in 1999).

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Many of these county crackdowns were touted at the time as first in the nation or at least first in the state. And, of course, Suffolk has joined most of America's conventional bans like the ones prohibiting smoking in offices, bars and restaurants.

Maybe the county should go and ahead and make it official. "Safety First" would be the perfect Suffolk motto.

Let Michael Bloomberg take the heat for being America's nanny mayor. Somehow Suffolk's been skating around the widespread backlash. No one in Mississippi is coming out in favor of fatty foods in restaurants, then passing a law nicknamed "the anti-Bellone bill."

Again, the city gets the fame.

This time, Suffolk lawmakers added energy drinks to the county's oh-no list.

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Now Red Bull and its many cousins, some of them containing almost as much caffeine as a grande cappuccino at Starbucks, can't be sold at county parks and beaches or marketed to minors with coupons.

I'd publish the whole X-list. But I'm sorry, it's too long.

 

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