Ravena mulls banning wildlife feeding and cannabis sales
Melanie Lekocevic reports for Capital Region Independent Media in the Ravena News-Herald that Ravena citizens will get to speak out Aug. 17 about two large issues there: feeding ducks and cannabis sales. Ravena, in southern Albany County, has a proposed local law that would make feeding wildlife illegal in the village. Mayor Bill Misuraca said at a July 20 town meeting that Ravena has a duck problem, and needed a solution. Misuraca claims the ducks are damaging the town, but the article does not describe how. "Essentially it will be no feeding of wildlife with the exception of songbirds — so no deer, turkeys, ducks, geese, buzzards — whatever you are feeding, can’t be done anymore,' he said. “The fines are substantial — $300 to $600 for a first offense, $600 to $1,000 for the second. They are not criminal charges — no one is going to jail for this, but we would encourage people that it is just easier to stop. Please — you are not helping them.” There will also be a second public hearing on whether the town should opt-out of allowing retail cannabis sales. All municipalities in New York have until Dec. 31 to vote against cannabis sales, or else they are allowed under the new cannabis legalization that passed in the spring. Both public hearings are at 6 p.m., Aug. 17 at Village Hall, 15 Mountain Road, Ravena. Read more about this story in the Ravena News-Herald.