Brooklyn Delegation Votes Against Plastic Bag Fee
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.