February 3, 2017

Statement from Speaker Heastie on Postponing
Implementation of Fee on Carryout Bags

Last year, the city of New York approved legislation that would impose a fee on carryout bags in an effort to reduce plastic waste. My State Assembly colleagues and I share in this goal to improve our environment. However, we have heard from many constituents concerned about the financial burden as well as other factors that could negatively impact our communities if this law goes into effect.

In light of these concerns, the Assembly will take up and pass legislation (A.4883) to postpone the implementation of this fee while we examine the issue and work on possible alternatives. I look forward to working with environmental advocates, Mayor de Blasio, members of the City Council, and community leaders to develop an overall solution to this issue.