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NY to Crackdown on Internet Cigarette Sales

The State Tax Commissioner says the Pataki Administration will crack down on residents who buy tax-free cigarettes over the Internet on web sites run by Native American tribes. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
All smiles at King's Marina, Syne (Missy King, right)
All smiles at King's Marina, Syne (Missy King, right)

Tax Threatens Mohawk Entrepreneurs

When one thinks of business on the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation near Massena, casinos, cigarettes, and gas stations usually come to mind. Because native people are exempt from taxation, those commodities have been rare bright lights in an otherwise bleak economic picture in Indian Country. A new federal tax regulation threatens to devastate Akwesasne's gas station industry. As David Sommerstein reports, it may also endanger a fragile entrepreneurial economy that's sprouting up alongside the mainstays.  Go to full article

Women's Groups Want Cigarette Ads Banned from Doctors' Offices

Women's groups are trying to convince doctors to ban magazines with cigarette advertisements from their waiting rooms. They say it sends the wrong message to teens and young women. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

A Smoking Ban Compromise?

Proponents of easing the state's strict anti-smoking laws say allowing air filtration machines in bars and restaurants could create a compromise between smokers and non-smokers who worry about health dangers. Anti-smoking groups say the devices don't work and create a false sense of safety. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

Mohawks Delay Tax Vote

St. Regis Mohawk tribal chiefs have postponed a referendum on whether the tribe should enter into a tax agreement with New York State on tobacco and gas. The decision comes after the state postponed a plan to tax non-natives who buy cigarettes and gas on reservations. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Debate Smoulders Over Smoking Ban

Controversy over New York's sweeping smoking ban continues, as anti- and pro-smoking groups argue over how local health departments should grant waivers to the four-month old law.  Go to full article

Mohawks Take Taxation Issue to Tribe

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe is taking its approach to the state's taxation plan to the people. Tribal members will vote in a referendum on the issue November 29th, two days before the tax plan is to take effect. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Few Smoking Ban Violation Complaints; No Fines Issued

Since the state's new smoking ban took effect this summer, a number of formal complaints of bars and restaurants violating the law have been filed in the North Country. Chris Knight found a few complaints were made in the Adirondack region, but no violations have been issued.  Go to full article

Mohawks Oppose NY Tax Plan

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe last week lashed out against the state's plan to collect cigarette and gas taxes on reservations. Earlier this month, the state taxation department released a plan to tax non-native purchases at native-owned gas and tobacco shops. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Opponents of Smoking Ban Rally at State Capitol

The New York State Senate did not make any changes to New York's
8-week-old smoking ban when it held a special session on Tuesday, but that did not stop pro and con demonstrators from coming to the Capitol to air their views on the new smoking law. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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