Contact Governor Cuomo TODAY to Save NYC's "Bring Your Own Bag" Law
This is our last chance to save NYC's Bring Your Own Bag Law. Governor Cuomo will make his decision in the next few days.
Please call or write Governor Cuomo TODAY and ask him to VETO A. 4883 / S. 4158 and allow NYC to implement our Bring Your Own Bag Law. And please share this message and encourage others to do the same.
Contact information and suggested messages are below.
Every year, residents of NYC throw away 10 billion plastic bags. They pollute our trees & oceans, and add up to 91,000 tons of solid waste, trucked through our neighborhoods and shipped to landfills.
The New York City Council passed NYC's "Bring Your Own Bag" Law last May, to reduce plastic bag waste. Like hundreds of other cities (from Washington DC to Seattle), the entire State of California, and many other countries, the law would have required stores to charge a small fee (5 cents) to encourage people to bring re-usable bags instead. In every place it has been adopted, the vast majority of people (across all races, religions, incomes, and ages) quickly start bringing re-usable bags.
Unfortunately, the New York State Senate (S. 4158) & Assembly (A. 4883) voted this week to nullify NYC's Bring Your Own Bag Bill, and prevent New York City from implementing this democratically-adopted law. The Council already made many compromises (e.g. reducing the fee from 10-cents to 5-cents, giving away hundreds of thousands of reusable bags, postponing implementation until February 15, 2017) and we were open to more.
NYC's Bring Your Own Bag Law is supported by all of New York's environmental and climate justice groups, many community, civic, and neighborhood associations, and the editorial boards of the Daily News, New York Times, Albany Times Union, Crain's New York, and Newsday.
Now, the last chance for New York to take action to reduce plastic bag waste is for Governor Cuomo to veto the legislation, and help us work out a compromise.
Please call or write Governor Cuomo TODAY and ask him to VETO A. 4883/S. 4158 and allow NYC to implement our Bring Your Own Bag Law. You can reach him in any & all of the following ways (please go ahead & do more than one if you feel strongly):
Email: gov [dot] cuomo [at] chamber [dot] state [dot] ny [dot] us (gov [dot] cuomo [at] chamber [dot] state [dot] ny [dot] us) (there seem to be some bounceback errors, so make sure to do the others as well!)
Sample script for calls or contact form
"Hello, my name is _______ and my address is _________. I am calling to ask Governor Cuomo to veto S. 4158/A. 4883 and let NYC's Bring Your Own Bag Law go into effect. We need to reduce the 10 billion plastic bags that NYC residents waste every year. The city's law is supported by every environmental & climate justice group, was passed democratically by the City Council, and is modeled on effective, common-sense laws in hundreds of cities around the world. We can all remember to bring re-usable bags. With the federal government rolling back environmental protections, we must not give in to plastic industry lobbying. New York State has a strong history of leadership on conservation. I hope Governor Cuomo will help us move forward to reduce waste. Thank you."
Protect NYC’s #BYOBag law! Ask @NYGovCuomo to veto anti-environment S. 4158/A. 4883. Let NYC fight plastic pollution locally!
Don't let NYS trump NYC's right to enact common-sense #BYOBag bill. @NYGovCuomo - veto S. 4158/A. 4883 and protect progressive local laws.
NYC's #BYOBag law had a full City Council hearing, any further delay is unacceptable. #StopPreemption http://nydn.us/2kFuYj8
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New York State has a proud tradition as a leader on conservation and environmental policy. At this critical moment, with the federal government rolling back environmental protections, we hope that Governor Cuomo will help keep New York in the lead.
(For more information on the law, visit DSNY's website.)