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Nassau lawmakers vote to ban drop side cribs

The Nassau legislature voted unanimously Monday to ban drop side cribs, but not before Republican questions upset parents whose infants died because of the crib's defective design.

Legis. Richard J. Nicolello (R-New Hyde Park) complained that he asked the county attorney two weeks ago whether the ban violated federal interstate commerce laws, but hadn't gotten an answer. He and fellow Republicans demanded that the Democratic majority hold the item sponsored by Legis. David Denenberg (D-Merrick) until the county attorney's office could respond.

The Suffolk County Legislature voted in October to ban the sale of such cribs.

Susan and Robert Cirigliano of North Bellmore whose son died in a drop side crib, rushed out of the chamber Monday when it appeared the ban would not go through.

Michelle Witte, a Merrick mother whose son also died in such a crib, said she was upset too. She and the Cirigliano had lobbied for the ban.

Later two deputy county attorney's appeared before lawmakers to say the ban was legal and the legislature approved it.

Witte reached at home later said the ban "was a move in the right direction."

When reached later, Susan Cirigliano said she was "thrilled" Nassau and Suffolk passed it and will push for a state and national ban.

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