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ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo embraced a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags on Monday, introducing a bill to outlaw them by next year.
The three-page bill, introduced by the governor a day after Earth Day, comes a little more than a year after he blocked a 5-cent surcharge that New York City had sought to place on single-use plastic bags.
The article goes on to state the following:
In a statement accompanying the announcement, Mr. Cuomo described the measure as an effort to counteract the “blight of plastic bags” that is taking “a devastating toll on our streets, our water and our natural resources.”
Mr. Cuomo, a second-term Democrat seeking re-election in the fall, then quoted an adage: “We did not inherit the earth, we are merely borrowing it from our children.”
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