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Legislature Delays Action on Pesticide Notification Law

By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – The Erie County Legislature tabled action Thursday on a pesticide notification law.

Legislators were prepared to pass a compromise bill that would notify only those residents who ask to be called when pesticides are used near their homes. But concerns over the legality of such selective notification led to that proposal, and the original version of the pesticides notification law, to be sent back to committee for further study.

Environmentalists support the original version because it would require notification of every nearby resident when pesticides are applied.

Also Thursday, the Legislature approved a bill to purchase property at 45 Oak Street for a planned public safety training facility. The bill passed unanimously despite concerns from some Democratic legislators about the property's $3.1 million price tag.

Lawmakers also unanimously passed a measure in support of a proposal to make Buffalo's outer harbor a state park.

Thursday's meeting was the first one to be held in Old County Hall. They were moved from the Legislature's long-time home in the nearby annex at 25 Delaware because of construction.