Alan J. Sorensen
Legislator District 9
Sullivan County, New York
Fourth of July
by Alan Sorensen
Recently, I introduced legislation to legalize the sale of sparkling devices in the Sullivan County. Following the Sullivan County Legislature'sMay 21, 2015 public hearing, the Legislature voted unanimously to enact the Local Law, which I drafted authorizing the sale and use of sparkling devices in Sullivan County.
It is important to understand, as defined in the State Statute a sparkling device is NOT a firework and is defined as follows:
“Sparkling Devices are ground-based or hand-held devices that produce a shower of white, gold, or colored sparks as their primary pyrotechnic effect. Additional effects may include a colored flame, an audible crackling effect, an audible whistle effect, and smoke. These devices do not rise into the air, do not fire inserts or projectiles into the air, and do not explode or produce a report (an audible crackling-type effect is not considered to be a report). Ground-based or hand-held devices that produce a cloud of smoke as their sole pyrotechnic effect are also included in this category.”
The passage of this local law does NOT legalize the sale of fireworks such as firecrackers, Roman Candles, bottle rockets or other similar devices, which are still illegal in New York State!
Types of devices included in this category include cylindrical fountains, cone fountains, and wooden sparkler/dipped stick [not metal sparklers]. Only those who 18 years of age or older may purchase sparkling devices and sparkling devices may only be sold between June 1st and July 5th and December 26th and January 2nd of each calendar year.
I introduced the legislation to legalize sparking devices since I felt the restrictions on the type of devices that could be sold would reduce the likelihood of injury [with proper parental supervision], while allowing residents to add some sparkle to their 4th of July festivities.
The County of Sullivan will also benefit from the additional sales tax revenues that are generated from the sale of sparkling devices in our County and local businesses will be able to secure a much needed source of revenue during our peak summer season. Without the passage of this law, these revenues would have otherwise gone to neighboring Orange and Ulster Counties, which have also passed a law to authorize the sale of sparkling devices.
Wishing everyone a wonderful 4th of July weekend and great summer season here in the beautiful Sullivan County Catskills, Shawangunks and Upper Delaware!
Since January 2008, I have been representing the 9th Legislative District, fighting for open government, fiscally responsible spending, and addressing the needs of my constituents and the business community.
In 2009, I started this Outreach Blog to keep you informed of my efforts on behalf of the residents of my district and Sullivan County. This website is dedicated to keeping the people of District 9 and Sullivan County informed of the latest issues being debated and developments arising from actions taken by the County Legislature.
I hope to publish on this website my opinion of the critical issues surrounding our community and to keep you posted of news, events, and other important information about Sullivan County government and community.
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