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Legislature to Consider Pesticide Ban on Rockland County-Owned Lands

NEW CITY - For Rose Marie Raccioppi, a healthy lawn also adds up to healthy kids, parents, pets and wildlife.

She has worked to raise awareness of the potential health impacts that can result from pesticide exposure, and last year brought her concerns to the Rockland County Legislature.

Her efforts have contributed to a proposed new law that would ban the use of chemical pesticides and allow only natural, or the least-toxic, pesticides on property used or leased by the county.

"This is the beginning of what is hoped to be a continuing campaign," Raccioppi said. "We hope it moves from county to towns to school districts and eventually, the consciousness of the individual homeowner."

A public hearing on the proposal starts at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Allison-Parris County Office Building, 11 New Hempstead Road, in New City. People can start signing up to speak at 7:15 p.m.

Legislator Connie Coker, D-South Nyack, is the main sponsor of the Rockland County Non-Toxic Landscape Maintenance Act.

"We must eliminate the risk of poisoning ourselves and our children just to eliminate dandelions, clover and other weeds," Coker said in a statement. "It is not acceptable to harm humans, animals and birds just to control unwanted plants and pests."

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