Galef Announces Survey Results: Bottle Bill, Raising Smoking Age, Senior Driving

May 27, 2004

State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef released the results of a survey of her constituents in the 90th Assembly District in the towns of Ossining, Cortlandt, Putnam Valley, Philipstown, Kent, and the city of Peekskill. Galef announced that approximately 600 residents answered questions in her March newsletter with the following responses:

  • 78% said the state should expand the bottle bill to include non-carbonated juice and water beverages left out of the original law that requires nickel deposits on beverage containers to $175 million to offset the state’s budget shortfall and further clean up the environment.
  • 64% said the state should raise the age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 19 to help cut back on teen-aged smoking and remove smoking from the high schools.
  • 64% said the state should change the vehicle licensing process for seniors, as was done recently for teen-aged drivers who now have graduated licenses. The Insurance Institute reports that older drivers are as safe as others until 75 and those 85 and older are as likely to be in fatal crashes as those 16 to 19.

Galef said she does these surveys regularly to take the pulse of her constituents on bills before the Legislature. The Assemblywoman expressed a special interest in the teen-aged smoking issue because of her bill (A.9896) to raise the legal age for buying tobacco products from 18 to 19.

Galef said: "I hope to rid the high schools of tobacco products since many young people try their first cigarette before they are 18 and more become addicted at 17, when they have access to both pocket money and contact with those who can buy tobacco for them."

For more information on the survey or the teen-aged smoking bill, call Assemblywoman Galef district office at 914-941-1111.