Bureaucrats usurped local legislators authority to stop fluoridation by slipping legislation into the Governor's budget which passed into law last year. This new law makes it difficult for legislators to stop fluoridation without bureaucratic intervention. Before that legislatures were free to make the decision alone, preferably with constituent input.
Powerful, rich and highly political private organizations were at the forefront of promoting this new legislation taking power away from New Yorkers, as if we don't know what's best for us.
In the 1990's, the Suffolk County (NY) Health Commissioner mandated fluoridation without the legislature's or the public's knowledge. Residents rebelled and fluoridation was eventually rejected.
This prompted a New York State Law dubbed the "Home Rule Bill" (Public Health Law 1100-a) which would take fluoridation decisions out of the hands of non-elected officials to allow legislators to make fluoridation judgments with input from local residents.
Spearheaded by the New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation (NYSCOF) and using the legislative process, the Home Rule bill was created and then lobbied for by fluoridation opponents across the state which became law in1996. It was the only law of its kind in the US.
The opposition notified their supporters to do the same. Letters were written by both sides of the issue. and can be seen here in the NYS archives.
This 1996 law was an inconvenient stumbling block for the bureaucrats at the NYS DoH and private organizations who want to force fluoride into New Yorkers when they don't want it.
So the Home Rule Bill was replaced by the "Healthy Teeth Amendment" which was not independently voted on but was buried in the Governor's budget along with millions of dollars offered for fluoridation that was coming from money earmarked for the poor - Medicaid. The public was never notified.
The Healthy Teeth Amendment, signed into law in 2015, is intended to usurp elected officials’ power to stop fluoridation, even when constituents demand it. Instead, the new law puts power into the hands of non-elected pro-fluoridation bureaucrats to thwart fluoridation cessation. It requires public notice when fluoridation will be stopped (but not started), a list of alternatives to fluoridation, consultation with health professionals and the State Department of Health which must be given 90 days written notice “of the intent to discontinue and submit a plan for discontinuance” This Healthy Teeth Amendment is a model for the country. The verbatim law is below**
The first inkling that NYS DoH planned to replace NYSCOF's "Home Rule Bill" with the "Healthy Teeth Amendment" was when the following was published on the iLikeMyTeeth website in 2011.
" It is obvious that Public Law 1100-a must be revised by the New York State legislature in the near future..."
The iLikeMyTeeth website was first registered by the PR Company Salter/Mitchell Inc. - A company that brags it's "The national behavior-change marketing firm"
Further, private organizations used their power and money to stealthily lobby for the new law and fluoridation grants without any concern for public opinion.
According to Pew's Fluoridation Advocacy Report, "Pew successfully advised the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy (SCAA) on legislative options for preserving and expanding community water fluoridation. SCAA drafted
language—known as the Healthy Teeth Amendment—that was included in the New York state budget and passed by the legislature on March 31, 2015.
'Pew also worked with SCAA to expand the New York State Oral Health Coalition’s membership and engagement. Pew developed a campaign plan that included communications strategy, objectives, timelines, and anticipated obstacles, as well as providing a compendium of materials, including a series of issue briefs outlining the state’s oral health challenges and the effectiveness of several prevention
strategies. Pew provided New York organizations with training in social media, media relations and developing messaging around community water fluoridation."
Those who oppose fluoridation work on a shoestring budget and are mostly volunteers but are powerful because the truth is on our side. Pro-fluoridation is all smoke and mirrors.
NYS communities which have stopped or rejected fluoridation include: Suffolk, Nassau & Rockland counties, Albany, Elba, Naples, Levittown, Canton, Corning, Johnstown, Oneida, Carle Place, Beacon, Poughkeepsie, Riverhead, Central Bridge Water District, Homer, Ithaca, Rouses Point, Pulaski, Romulus and Amsterdam.
Last year (2015), Dr. Jay Kumar, former Director of Dental Health in NY, identified these communities which are targets for fluoridation:
Albany County: City of Albany
Broome County: Johnson City Water Works
Cortland County: Cortland
Dutchess County: Poughkeepsie
Nassau County: All of county
Rockland County: All of county
Suffolk County: All of county
Tompkins County: Ithaca
Tompkins County: Cornell University
Warren County: Queensbury Water District
** New York State Public Health Law § 1100-A (2015)