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Albany County bakers to warn legislators of 'trans-trouble'

Dott said she tried several alternatives, but nothing holds her pastries together as well as trans fats.

"Baking is so much different than cooking," she said. "I'm not baking a chicken. [Baking] is a science."

Dott urged lawmakers to reconsider the ban for bakeries and how it will affect small businesses throughout the county.

Speaking in favor of the ban was Gail Sokol, author of "About Professional Baking" and an adjunct professor and culinary instructor at Schenectady County Community College.

Sokol said that trans fats products are commonly used in baking and cooking because they are cheaper to use and have a longer shelf life than alternatives.

Sokol has supported the ban since it was first discussed in the legislature.

"New York City has started it, and as far as the state, I think Albany is trying to follow suit," she said. "A lot of chefs have already made the switchover."

Dott argued that chefs and bakers are very different, and Sokol might not understand the specific need for trans fats in bakeries.

"She's a chef, she is not a baker, and a baker is not a chef," Dott said. "It amazes me that she even gets up there and she talks when she's a chef " she cooks chicken, she cooks beef."

After the meeting, Dott said she thought it went well, although she was hoping that the legislators would have voted to stop the ban for bakeries that night.

"I know that they were ready to vote on it last night, which I think it would really have went in our favor," she said.

But the legislators decided to move the resolution to the law committee before taking a final vote.

"Now I'm a little disappointed because who knows what could happen behind closed doors," Dott said.

Dott said she would continue her fight until the amendment is voted on. She said she plans to set up meetings with every legislator to tell them of the "trans trouble" they will cause her business if the ban is put into effect for bakeries.

For more on this story, check back at www.spotlightnews.com, or read the Wednesday, May 13 print edition of the Colonie Spotlight.

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