February 5, 2017
By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz
This new law, approved by Members of the New York City Council, will affect senior citizens, the poor, the needy, shelter families, struggling families, and everyone who uses plastic bags when shopping for groceries.
There were only 10 Democratic Senators, together with myself, who joined the Republicans in the Senate to support a bill sponsored by Senator Simcha Felder, to reject the City of New York’s five cents (5 ¢) per plastic bag fee to shoppers in the five boroughs.
These are the Democratic Senators who joined me and voted against the (5 ¢) per plastic bag fee: Joseph Addabbo, Tony Avella, Leroy Comrie, Simcha Felder, Michael Gianaris, Jeff Klein, José Peralta, Roxanne Persaud, Diane Savino, and David Valesky.
Thanks to our efforts, the New York State Senate voted in favor of stopping New York City from charging this five cents (5 ¢) fee. However, in order for it to be stopped, it is necessary for the Members of the New York State Assembly to follow the lead of the Senate and also vote against the imposition of this new tax.
It is very important for you to know that as of this moment, the Members of the New York State Assembly have been indifferent and have not even taken a vote, joining the Senate, to stop the City of New York from imposing this extra burden on our most vulnerable and needy people.
The irony of this story is that starting Wednesday, February 15, the day after Valentine’s Day, the residents of the City of New York will receive this post Valentine’s Day gift, unless the New York State Assembly takes a position to stop it, as the Senate already did.