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Albany Council Scheduled to Vote on Expanded City Smoking Ban

ALBANY -- The Albany Common Council could decide Monday night to expand the smoking ban in city parks.

If the measure passes, it will go into effect immediately, which means you won't see people lighting up at Alive at Five this Thursday, unless they're willing to pay a $50 fine.

The new law would expand on one that's in place right now. It is already against the law to smoke at playgrounds or ball-fields in Albany.

While most lawmakers seem to be on board with the expansion, others question how events like Tulip Fest will be handled, which is why Councilman Michael O'Brien offered an amendment that would have designated areas for smokers to light up during big city events.

Also on the agenda Monday night, more movement on the plan to require new city workers to be Albany residents.

If approved, this law would only affect new hires, and would not apply to police officers, fire fighters, or anyone else who has their residency already regulated by the state.

The Common Council voted against a similar proposal back in 2009.
 
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