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Newton City Councilor Jim Cote tried to have a proposed leaf blower ban referred back to the councilor’s Programs and Services Committee. His colleagues didn’t like that but they did agree to postpone consideration until January.

Cote (who is on the record as being anti-bans) said he was concerned how a summer leaf blower ban might impact elderly or disabled individuals who would have trouble using rakes or brooms and could not afford to hire someone to maintain their yards. He also was concerned that landscapers would lay off their elderly or less-abled workers who might be less able to use rakes or brooms. He said he is seeking an opinion from the MCAD (Mass. Commission Against Discrimination).

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