I am a strong supporter of protecting our environment. I believe we have an endowed right to have clean water, clean air, and clean streets.
However, I believe that the fee on plastic bags was short-sighted. It left working-class New Yorkers on the hook. A fee of 5 cents per bag does add up.
I would like a day when I could walk down my street and not see a plastic grocery bag stuck in a tree. As your representative, I will work with my both my colleagues in the Council and partners in Albany to find a solution that is amenable to all; one possibility I find appealing is a sales tax rebate for people who B.Y.O.B. -Bring Your Own Bag- as proposed by Assemblyman Victor Pichardo.