NY Post: Lawmakers trying to roll back new plastic bag ‘tax’

State lawmakers are trying to roll back a new fee on plastic bags and asked New Yorkers to help them Sunday by haranguing Mayor de Blasio and the City Council.

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Where Did NYC Supermarkets Go?

PDF Format: nyags-where-did-nyc-supermarkets-go-11-4-2016 Where Did NYC Supermarkets Go? To paraphrase Peter, Paul, and Mary: “Gone to graveyards everyone, Oh, when will they ever learn? (http://www.lyricsfreak.com/p/peter+paul+mary/where+have+all+the+flowers+gone_20107752.html) Proposal: The need for an aggressive public policy of supermarket growth and retention The NY Times is out this morning with a story that they periodically come back to: the phenomenon […]

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Crains: Ancient ruling is no excuse to let food vendors run wild

From Crains New York: The City Council is looking to amend the law governing street vendors, with both sides of the debate—vendors and stores—looking for legislative relief. Vendors want the cap on licenses lifted, while neighborhood retailers want to restrict vendors from operating directly in front of their stores. The leader of the reform movement […]

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Letter in Opposition to NYC’s Plastic Bag Bill Int. 0209-2014

The promotion of reusable grocery bags is not only a tax that disproportionately impacts the poor, people of color, and seniors, but it also poses a health threat as e-coli bacteria contaminates the bags the shoppers store: “In a public-health study done at the University of Arizona, researchers found that only 3 percent of shoppers with multi-use bags said they regularly washed them.

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CRAINS: An alternative to the city’s costly composting mandate

From Crains New York: By Brad Gerstman and David Schwartz – New York Association of Grocery Stores Two years ago, then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg bequeathed to New York City a private-sector composting mandate. It has yet to be implemented—and with good reason. The region lacks capacity to compost millions more pounds of organic waste. But if […]

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