On June 25 at Drumlins Country Club, community leaders across Onondaga County were honored for the strides they have made towards Tobacco Free Onondaga County. Among those honored was Onondaga County Legislator Bob Warner.
Warner has been an advocate for Tobacco Free Onondaga County for many years. As a member of the health committee, he introduced and fought for passage of legislation in the early 1990s to eliminate billboards advertising the Marlboro Man from the baseball stadium. In the mid 1990s Warner spearheaded legislation to remove tobacco products from in front of registers, where they provided easy access for purchase or even for stealing, to behind the counters. His local legislation also limited placement of cigarette vending machines. In 2003, Warner urged Onondaga County to pass a Second Hand Smoke law prior to the NYS Expanded Clean Indoor Air Act of that year.
In 2008 and 2009, Warner managed to obtain enough votes, on two separate occasions, to pass Tobacco 19, and then enough votes to override a second County Executive veto. Warner is continuing to work with State Legislators in an attempt to make Tobacco 19 a statewide law.
In each case, Warner has shown great leadership as he has helped push Onondaga County to lead the way across the State. He continues to be pro-active and truly strive for a Tobacco Free Onondaga County.
Warner represents the towns of Van Buren and Elbridge including the village of Jordan. If you have any questions regarding County government, please call 435-2070.
Coordinator of School Tobacco Policy Initiative Nancy St. Onge (left) congratulates Onondaga County Legislator Bob Warner on being named a Smoke-Free Community Leader.