Brook­lyn Del­e­ga­tion Votes Against Plas­tic Bag Fee

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If it were up to the City Coun­cil's Brook­lyn del­e­ga­tion, yes­ter­day's pas­sage to charge a five-cent fee on plas­tic bags would have never seen the light of day.

Un­der the mea­sure, re­tail­ers will be able to keep the nickel a bag as the City does not have the author­ity to levy taxes. This is a func­tion of state and fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

Ad­di­tion­ally, there will be a ma­jor outreach to low-in­come com­mu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing give­aways of re­us­able bags as the mea­sure is geared to re­duce the num­ber of plas­tic bags, which are not en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly.

The mea­sure passed 28-20, but the Brook­lyn law­mak­ers voted against it 8-6. Vot­ing against the mea­sure were Coun­cil Mem­bers Inez bar­ron, Robert Corn­egy Jr., Chaim Deutsch, Math­ieu Eu­gene, Vin­cent Gen­tile, David Green­field, Dar­lene Mealy and Mark Tryeger.

Mayor Bill de Bla­sio has in­di­cated he sup­ports the mea­sure and is ex­pected to sign it into law.

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