Cuomo To Launch Plastic Bag Task Force

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is launching a New York State Plastic Bag Task Force.

The task force will be led by Basil Seggos, state Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner, along with co-chairs Sen. Thomas O’Mara and Assemblyman Steve Englebright. The working group will be charged with developing a report and proposed legislation to address the detrimental impact of plastic bags on the state’s environment.

“New York has led the nation by taking bold action to protect our environment — and this task force marks another step forward in that effort,” Cuomo said. “The costly and negative impact of plastic bags on New York’s natural resources is a statewide issue that demands a statewide solution. This diverse coalition of experts will bring the experience and knowledge necessary to tackle this problem and safeguard New York’s environment for future generations.”

Members of the Task Force will work to develop a uniform and equitable statewide plan to address New York’s plastic bag problem. The task force will review information from municipalities about their experiences and proposed solutions. Members of the Task Force include Seggos, O’Mara, Englebright, Stephen Acquario, New York State Association of Counties executive director; Marcia Bystryn of the New York League of Conservation Voters, and Michael Rosen of the Food Industry Alliance.