NYSCOF spearheaded the effort for this fluoridation “home rule” bill which is apparently the only one

in the country and, for which, the PEW foundation or the PR company that owns this website is recommends overturning. However, as our news release was being created highlighting this new information on December 6, 2011, this was taken off the Pew Foundation (or its PR agency’s) website. But this is it. Fluoridation | New York State http://newyork.ilikemyteeth.org/fluoridation/

New York Public Health - Title 1 - § 1100-A Fluoridation Law
1. Notwithstanding any contrary provision of law, rule, regulation or code, any county, city, town or village that owns both its public water system and the water supply for such system may by local law provide whether a fluoride compound shall or shall not be added to such public water supply. 2. Any county wherein a public authority owns both its public water system and the water supply for such system may by local law provide whether a fluoride compound shall or shall not be added to such public water supply. Effective date: July 2, 1996 This public health law is unique to New York State. None of the other 49 states have similar provisions. This law puts the decision on municipal water fluoridation in the hands of elected officials who are often influenced by groups opposed to water fluoridation through fear and smear campaigns that are not usually anchored in scientific evidence. Imagine what would happen if we allowed these elected officials to decide who in our community should receive a flu shot or a tetanus injection. Of course, we would not let that happen. Decisions regarding public health programs such as water chlorination and fluoridation should be made with the expertise of the State Commissioner of Health or the County Health Department. There is no question that water fluoridation is an effective, safe, and a relatively inexpensive method of decreasing dental decay. It is even more advantageous to children, the economically challenged, and the elderly. In New York State, 73% of the population on public water supply receives fluoridated water. An analysis of the state Medicaid program data showed that it costs less to treat children in these areas than those children in non-fluoridated areas. Plus, because counties share the cost of the Medicaid program, it reduces the taxes residents pay. Water fluoridation has been endorsed by every US Surgeon General for more than 50 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and numerous medical and dental associations. Despite these advantages, only 40% of the population served by community water systems outside of New York City received optimally fluoridated water in 2008.

It is obvious that Public Law 1100-a must be revised by the New York State legislature in the near future to promote oral health and reduce dental diseases.