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Cayuga County Legislature waiting for state on proposed plastic bag ban

With the idea featured in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive budget proposal for New York, Cayuga County Legislature officials are taking a wait-and-see approach for possibly banning single-use plastic bags.

Auburn resident Sandra Stiegerwald asked the Legislature Tuesday to consider banning plastic bags and plastic straws, citing adverse effects on plants, animals, the environment and ultimately humans.

“I’m here to ask if, together, we could come up with solutions to address this problem,” Stiegerwald said.

The idea has been on the county’s agenda since last August, when Legislator Charlie Ripley, R-Summerhill, first asked county staff to research the idea. Since the governor highlighted a possible statewide ban in his executive budget proposal earlier in January, the county has decided to wait for Albany to avoid a duplication of efforts, County Administrator J. Justin Woods said.

After previously introducing legislation to ban plastic bags last year following a report from a state task force, Cuomo promised to include a ban of single-use plastic bags in his 2019-20 executive budget.

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