OP-ED from Crain’s New York:
By David Camacho
The letter below was sent to Brooklyn state Sen. Simcha Felder:
My name is David Camacho and I am one of the millions of New Yorkers who was looking forward to the plastic bag fee here in New York City. I was disheartened when I read that the City Council bill to place a small fee for plastic bags was stalled by you and others in your chamber. I wrote stalled, because ONE DAY THIS BILL WILL BECOME LAW. It’s a shame that you and some in your chamber opposed its passing and thus stalled the progress our city continues to make. In my opinion, you are on the wrong side of history with regard to this decision.
I am a lifelong New Yorker and in every single neighborhood I have lived in and on a daily basis, I’ve seen plastic bags clogging our street sewers or stuck in trees or floating down the street. I personally haven’t touched a plastic bag in years now. I never leave home without my tiny, compactable reusable bag. All of the vendors in my neighborhood know to never even offer me a bag.
I tote my own bag because I realize that plastic bags are symptomatic of a wasteful city. Now, I love my hometown and love our ENVIRONMENT. I realize that plastic bags are a convenience for their one time use, but then I just look down WHICHEVER block I’ve lived on, to see bags floating around. This bill makes sense and is sign that NYC is continually evolving. It is for that reason that I am urging you and your fellow dissenting colleagues to reconsider your decisions. After all, this bill will one day become law in NYC, please choose to be on the side of history that supports this bills.
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