Decision Maker Response

Richard Gottfried’s response

Richard Gottfried
State Representative

Feb 3, 2017 — Thank you very much for signing a Change.org petition to let me know of your opposition to Assembly bill A.1750, which would preempt New York City’s plastic bag law.

I agree with you on this important issue. The proposed fee is intended to reduce waste and litter and encourage the use of reusable bags. Imposing a modest fee of five cents will help consumers think twice about whether a carryout plastic bag is necessary. I am glad there is an exception for people who receive SNAP or WIC benefits and that the city will give out free reusable bags. It is good to know I have your support on this issue.

I appreciate your consideration in writing to me.