Attorney general cracks down on dangerous drawstrings

By Josh Martin

August 21, 2014 Updated Aug 22, 2014 at 11:28 AM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Urban Star is one of 46 thrift shops across New York State that has been issued a cease and desist letter ordering them to stop selling children’s clothing with drawstrings.

“Going forward, we have prepared our staff with the necessary measures to pull those items, so everyone is aware. We are also aware of multiple other laws that have been passed regarding youth and child items,” said Broome County Urban League Program Director Ebony Tutora.

The sale of children’s clothing with drawstrings has been illegal in New York for more than a decade. The Urban Star is one of three stores in Broome County that was found to be selling the drawstring clothing.

The recent warning letters send a clear message to thrift shops that they, just like all retailers, must comply with the law.

“Just like any other retailer would, or retailers have their own laws to abide by, because they are no longer making the drawstrings in the pants or hoodies, we immediately pull the items and it is determined whether or not it is salvageable to be sent to recycled or resold,” said Tutora.

Under New York law, it is illegal to sell any item of children’s clothing, up to and including size 12, with a drawstring at the neck. Drawstrings are allowed at the top of a bottom garment, if they meet certain guidelines.