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Ulster County’s decision to raise tobacco purchase age to 21 will decrease number of new smokers, advocates say

Ulster County’s decision to raise tobacco purchase age to 21 will decrease number of new smokers, advocates say

Ulster County last week became the latest New York local government to raise the age of tobacco sales from 18 to 21. The move comes after a 19-3 vote by the Ulster County legislature. The law, which goes into effect on New Year’s Day, covers all tobacco products — cigarettes, cigars, vape “juice” and snuff. The legislation also covers paraphernalia including pipes, rolling papers and hookahs.

One dead in Ulster fire

One dead in Ulster fire

Police have yet to identify a 33-year-old man who died in an early morning fire in the Town of Ulster on Wednesday. According to Town of Ulster police, officers and firefighters responded to a call for a structure fire on Station Road around 5:11 a.m. Upon arrival, emergency personnel removed a 33-year-old man from the residence. He was transported to HealthAlliance Hospital’s Broadway campus, where he was pronounced dead.

From landfill to solar farm

From landfill to solar farm

The installation at the site of the former Town of Ulster landfill is expected to generate 2,360 MWh of clean electricity each year, roughly equivalent to the electricity generated by burning 2 million pounds of coal or 4,000 barrels of oil. The array is expected to generate approximately 20 percent of all the electricity used by the Ulster County Government.