New York Minute: December 20th

- Just two days after three leading members of the House announced their retirement, a long-standing representative says he is staying put on Capitol Hill. In an opinion piece with the New York Daily News, Congressman Charlie Rangel announced that he will run next year for a 23rd term. He said he came to the decision "after reflection" and speaking with his constituents. Rangel said he may not be perfect, but he believes that with his experience and seniority, he is the best person for the job. 

The New York City Council approved legislation Thursday to ban the use of electronic cigarettes from indoor public spaces where smoking is already prohibited. E-cigarettes are billed by many manufacturers as the cigarettes you can smoke anywhere, but that would no longer be true in New York City if Mayor Michael Bloomberg signs the bill, which he is expected to do. The ban would go into effect in four months. Businesses and restaurants would have another six months to put up signs indicating there is no smoking or "vaping" allowed. 

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