Liz Krueger: February 14, 2017
Standing Up and Speaking Out
New York State Senate, 28th District
I am extremely disappointed that Governor Cuomo chose to sign S4158 and override a proven environmental law enacted by a local elected body.
Yesterday, DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos told legislators at a budget hearing that plastic bag pollution is a scourge across the state. New York City had an effective solution to that scourge, and they were ready to implement it tomorrow; instead, Albany has chosen to kick the bag down the road. "Now that the Legislature has yet again made a mess of things, it's up to us to clean it up. We must either work with the city -- in good faith -- to replace their law, or come up with a statewide solution to the 23 billion bags used by New Yorkers every year. Either way, it is vital that we engage in a process that is at least as thorough and well-researched as the City Council's, with a solution that is based on the best science and data, not on the needs of the plastic bag and fossil fuel industries. S4158 has set a dangerous precedent that local solutions to local environmental issues will be overturned in Albany. This is simply unacceptable. If the Legislature is unable or unwilling to tackle the unprecedented environmental challenges we face, they should at least get out of the way so local people can solve their own problems."
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If you qualify, visit their office at 777 10th Avenue (B/t 52nd and /53rd Streets). Hours are Mondays 4 pm - 6:30pm and Thursdays 10am - 12:30pm.
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