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New York Raises Tobacco Purchasing Age from 18 to 21

by Connor Ryan


The young people of New York City will soon have to wait a little longer to get their tobacco fix.

The City Council, with the strong support of Mayor Bloomberg, approved legislation, 35-10, on Wednesday night that would increase the legal age for purchasing tobacco products — including: cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, cigars and cigarillos — from 18 to 21.

The new law will go into effect in six months. It is the strictest smoking limit of any big American city.

Fordham Conversations: Spies and Surveillance

by Chris Williams, Connor Ryan
Spy hat

Chris Williams, WFUV

This week, Fordham Conversations is all about spies and surveillance. WFUV's Connor Ryan reports on NYC's surveillance cameras and how some people feel their privacy is being invaded. Then, Chris Williams talks to Spy Store NYC owner Bob Leonard about different types of spying equipment and the reasons for using them. Fordham University professor Al Auster discusses how spies have been portrayed in film, and how that differs from actual espionage. 

Issues Tank: Glen Cove Recycles Styrofoam, Despite Longtime Ban

by Connor Ryan
Recycling materials.

Connor Ryan

After being dealt a blow with his large sugary drinks ban, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg continues to hone in on another type of ban — the elimination of all Styrofoam, a material he called “environmentally destructive” and “easily replaceable” in his State of the City address last month.

The Bloomberg administration has said the removal of Styrofoam, which is not biodegradable, would reduce recycling costs and save city taxpayers money. Everything from cups to lunch trays to take-out containers are to be eliminated under the proposal.

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