Buffalo Common Council looks to change outdated laws

Posted at 10:57 PM, Apr 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-18 23:32:59-04

Be it school glue for children, or wood glue for something around the house, theres a chance you've purchased glue somewhere in the city of Buffalo.

What you probably didn't know is that in almost every circumstance, glue sales have been illegal in Buffalo for as long as almost anyone can remember. That's something Buffalo Common Council President Darius Pridgen is looking to change.

"Down to the little glue for elementary students, it's really illegal right now for someone under the age of eighteen to purchase the glue, and it's illegal right now for a store to have it out on self-serve."

The law Pridgen references from the city charter makes the penalty for allowing self-service glue sales a Class B Misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of not more than $500 and/or imprisonment for not more than three months and a mandatory 100 hours of community service.

It's a law that took Jane Japadjief, Manager of Dibble True Value Hardware on West Ferry St. by surprise.

"Having sold all different kinds of glue for many, many years we were surprised to learn it was outlawed by the government."

But that's not the only antiquated law the Council is looking at.

A number of special Sunday regulations, prohibiting everything from movie screenings, to sporting events and even dance recitals from taking place before 2 P.M. are also up for review.

Pridgen, who is also a pastor at a local church says it's time for Sunday laws to change

"As a pastor I'd love to keep that one on the books, but as a lawmaker it's time to make sure that one disappears."

As for Dibble True Value, they don't plan on changing anything when it comes to glue sales.

"We're going to continue selling glue, different kinds.... and it's a comfort now to know that we're going to be doing it legally."