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Albany County Executive Mike Breslin signs labeling law

During the signing Wednesday, Breslin said Albany County is taking one "giant" step in the fight against obesity. He also said it is his hope that other restaurants in the county and region will soon learn by Albany County's example and bring their calorie information to the forefront of their own menus.

"I applaud county Legislator Tim Nichols for introducing this critical legislation and all our county legislators for their efforts to improve the quality of life in Albany County," he said.

Nichols applauded Albany County on Wednesday for being the first Upstate New York county to enact this law.

"Obesity is such a serious health risk to our society," he said, stressing that the legislators need to respond and take the issue seriously.

Higgins echoed Nichols' sentiments about obesity.

"We have an epidemic in this country and it's called obesity," he said. Higgins said the legislature was simply helping consumers make informed decisions. "We're not telling people what they should eat." He also said he is hopeful that this becomes a law on the state level.

James "Eddie" Hicks, a spokesman for Subway, said he was pleased that the law signing presentation could take place at the Subway located at 1186 Troy Schenectady Road, as this Subway has already set a good example of what the law is supposed to do by posting the calorie amounts of its items before the law was enacted.

He praised the law for creating an easy way to give consumers the information that Subway restaurants already have.

"The [law] is taking the information that we already have available and putting it in a visible spot," he said.

Hicks said that Subway has seen that, since posting calorie counts, consumers on average are buying products with about 50 fewer calories.

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