CENTERPORT, New York, July 3
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
“The man who started it all,” as proclaimed by BBC Radio – but better known in Suffolk County as – Legislator William Spencer (D-Centerport) graced the British airwaves on Wednesday to speak about his recent Suffolk legislation to keep energy drinks away from minors.
“I was shocked that they kind of considered me the original legislator to do something about energy drinks,” Spencer said of the BBC, which brought the legislator on to discuss a British initiative to remove energy drinks from schools. “Part of the discussion was them referencing what we did here in Suffolk County, so it’s great to see that the law has gone international and that other countries are taking a look for the betterment of our kids.”
The original law, sponsored by Spencer and approved last March, aims at keeping energy drink companies – such as Monster Energy or Red Bull – from directly marketing to minors.
Along with limiting marketing, the law restricts sales of energy drinks to minors on beaches and in parks and Suffolk has begun an educational program to teach people the dangers of such drinks.
“We didn’t directly ban the drinks, but instead we’re letting parents make the choice,” Spencer said. “I think it’s great that we’re getting the word out there with responsible legislation.”
Originally published: Long Islander News: The Long Islander (Thursday, July 3, 2014; A7)