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Lakewood raising age to purchase nicotine and tobacco products

News 5 Cleveland
March 26, 2019

Lakewood is joining 21 other communities in Ohio by raising the age to buy tobacco and nicotine products in the city. Last Monday, Lakewood City Council unanimously voted to raise the minimum age from 18 to 21. Lakewood joins seven states and over 450 municipalities across the country who have passed similar laws since 2015, according to a press release.

“This change strikes the right balance by raising the age, but also decriminalizing our enforcement. Council worked hard to make sure that this law isn’t about punishing small businesses or kids, but is instead about making a meaningful difference in the health of our community and our young people’s future,” Council President Sam O’Leary said. Click here to read more.


Council President Sam O’Leary Announces Bid for Lakewood Mayor

Press Release
February 28, 2019

City Council President Sam O’Leary has announced that he is running for Lakewood Mayor.

“I’m running for Mayor because I believe in Lakewood and the possibility of our city’s future.  By working together, we can build on the incredible progress our city has made by investing in our neighborhoods and critical services, welcoming and supporting all residents, embracing our unique identity and the core values that make Lakewood a truly special community. I’m proud of my eight-year record of service to Lakewood, and I’m confident I have the experience, ideas, and energy to continue working with our residents and businesses to move Lakewood forward.”

Click here to see the full press release.


Lakewood City Council President Sam O’Leary announces run for mayor

Cleveland.com
February 28, 2019

Less than 24 hours after Mayor Mike Summers announced that he would not seek a third term in office, City Council President Sam O’Leary officially threw his hat in the ring to become the city’s next mayor.

“Lakewood has always been and will always be home for me,” said Ward 2 City Councilman O’Leary, 29, a 2007 Lakewood High School graduate who, more than three years ago, became the community’s youngest council president.

“That’s why I’ve been driven to serve my fellow neighbors for the past six years on City Council and then two years before that on the Board of Zoning Appeals," he said. Click here to read more.


Lakewood City Council President Holding Town Hall Meetings

Patch
February 26, 2019

Lakewood City Council President Sam O'Leary will host a pair of upcoming town halls. The first session will be March 5 at the Lakewood Library Main Branch multimedia room and will be open to all. The event runs from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

"In my eight years of serving this community, these town halls are an excellent opportunity for citizens of Lakewood to engage directly with their local government and I'm excited to hear feedback from the community," O'Leary said. "This community is full of good ideas and insights, and we make this community better every time we have these conversations." Click here to read more.


Lakewood seeks Youth Council Planning Task Force applicants

Cleveland.com
February 11, 2019

City officials last year announced the creation of the Lakewood Youth Council as a way to increase teenage presence and input within City Hall.

The first step toward bringing the group to fruition is the Youth Council Planning Task Force, which will feature high school-age volunteers tasked with designing the framework -- mission and vision, by-laws, recruitment plan and application -- for the future Lakewood Youth Council. Click here to read more.


Lakewood City Council eyeing extensive 2019 budget process

Cleveland.com
August 22, 2018

City Council may be on summer recess, but its members are gearing up for the 2019 budget process. This includes a Sept. 5 deadline to submit proposals, followed by two finance meetings to review and discuss them before council introduces a resolution with its final list of priorities on Oct. 1.

"I hope council members are taking time to study what their priorities are and the resources that it is going to take to implement those priorities in a realistic way," said Council President Sam O'Leary. "Historically, our council has done a great job with that. Click here to read more.


World Refugee Day: Lakewood's Welcoming History

WVIZ
June 20, 2018

More than 7,600 refugees resettled in the Cleveland area between 2000 and 2016, according to info from the Refugee Services Collaborative of Greater Cleveland. This past weekend in Lakewood, many of those refugees and their families attended a "getting to know" each other event -- aimed at converging cultures. That was in anticipation of World Refugee Day, held every year on June 20.

Sam O'Leary, president of the Lakewood City Council, joined ideas to discuss Lakewood's strong history of being a welcoming community. Watch the video here.


Lakewood Hoping for Financial Boost From Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

90.3 WCPN
June 6, 2018

Lakewood’s city council president Sam O’Leary says he is very excited that two of the 56 medical marijuana dispensaries licenses awarded in Ohio will be in Lakewood.

The Ohio Board of Pharmacy announced the locations of the dispensary sites around the state this week -- following a lengthy application and approval process.

Nearly 400 applications were submitted to the state for consideration.

Lakewood city council passed regulations last year, in case the local company, GTI Ohio, LLC, was successful in the application process, O’Leary said. Click here to read more.


A New Generation takes Office

cleveland.com
April 6, 2016

Millennial politicians aren't yet old enough to be president, but they've got plenty of opinions about the tenor of the presidential race, particularly on the Republican side, where Cleveland awaits what is likely to be a contested -- and potentially ugly -- convention in July.

Cleveland City Council Monday swore in a millennial member. Twenty-eight-year-old Kerry McCormack will represent Ward 3, which includes downtown and several West Side neighborhoods.

What do he and other public servants under 35 bring to the public table that elders don't? We asked a series of question of a handful of local millennial officeholders. Click here to read more.