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Yonkers Mayor Vetoes Bedbug-Control Bill

FILE - This undated file photo provided by Orkin LLC shows bed bugs. (AP Photo/Orkin LLC, File)

FILE – This undated file photo provided by Orkin LLC shows bed bugs. (AP Photo/Orkin LLC, File)

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NEW YORK (AP/CBS New York) — The mayor of Yonkers has vetoed a bedbug-control bill that would have required old mattresses to be wrapped in plastic bags.

Mayor Phil Amicone says the legislation made “a mountain out of a mole hill.”

He questioned whether people would buy large plastic bags for the mattresses and whether they would instead wind up “in empty lots all over the city.”

The City Council adopted the ordinance last month to protect the city’s sanitation workers from taking bedbugs home in their uniforms. It does not have the votes to override Amicone’s veto.

Related: A Guide To Living In America’s Most Bedbug Infested City

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