ALBANY, NY – New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced that DEC will begin enforcement of the State’s ban on single-use plastic carryout bags on Oct. 19, 2020. The plastic bag ban, which went into effect on March 1, was not enforced per an agreement between the parties in a lawsuit brought by Poly-Pak Industries, Inc., et al, in New York State Supreme Court.
DEC Commissioner Seggos said, “The Court’s decision is a victory and a vindication of New York State’s efforts to end the scourge of single-use plastic bags and a direct rebuke to the plastic bag manufacturers who tried to stop the law and DEC’s regulations to implement it. As we have for many months, DEC is encouraging New Yorkers to make the switch to reusable bags whenever and wherever they shop and to use common-sense precautions to keep reusable bags clean. The Court has ruled and DEC will begin to enforce the ban on October 19th. It’s time to BYOBagNY.”
Pursuant to an Order of the New York State Supreme Court, Albany County, DEC agreed to provide the parties and the Court at least 30 days’ notice prior to commencing enforcement. DEC is currently conducting extensive outreach to stakeholders, including grocery stores, retailers, and others, to provide notice of the start of enforcement and answer questions.
DEC continues to encourage New Yorkers to use reusable bags wherever and whenever they shop with the #BYOBagNY campaign, launched earlier this year. Additional information about exemptions to the plastic bag ban, frequently asked questions, and posters, flyers, and tip strips to download, as well as tips for keeping reusable bags clean are available on the DEC website.
New Yorkers use an estimated 23 billion plastic bags annually-each for about 12 minutes-and approximately 85 percent of this staggering total ends up in landfills, recycling machines, waterways, and streets. In March 2017, Governor Cuomo created the New York State Plastic Bag Task Force, chaired by DEC Commissioner Seggos. The task force met several times to develop a uniform, comprehensive, and equitable solution to the challenge of plastic bag waste. The final report analyzed the impacts of single-use plastic bags and provided options for legislation that could help develop a statewide solution. In addition, following passage of the New York State Plastic Bag Waste Reduction Act, DEC held a series of meetings with industry stakeholders across the state to invite input from the public and guide the agency’s development of rules and regulations to implement the law.
VIDEO: $7 Million Park & Ride in Monsey Nears Completion
MONSEY, NY – The construction on the over $7 million park and ride located on Route 59 near the corner of Saddle River in Monsey is almost completed.
It includes two parking lots, a bus turn-around, roads into the lots, a large cul-de-sac for other turning needs, numerous lights, sidewalks, fencing, and a large water retention area. The overall park and ride area will accommodate some 300 vehicles and is expected to open this year. Construction on the project started in 2019. At the end of the video, you will find video when crews began work on the park and ride.
No local county tax dollars were used for the project because the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will cover all costs. That figure brings the original contract approved by the Legislature in 2018 to a total of about $7.05 million.
The County currently leases property at the former Rockland Drive-In Movie Theater but expects to discontinue its use of that area once the new lot is fully operational. Transdev’s Hudson Link and the Rockland Transport of Rockland buses will serve the lot.
Supervisor Hoehmann Receives 2020 New York State Recreation and Parks Society Elected Official of the Year Award
NEW CITY, NY – Town of Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann is the recipient of the New York State Recreation and Parks Society 2020 Elected Official of the Year Award. The Supervisor accepted the award at the Town Board meeting this week. The award was presented by Jessica Dickinson, Regional Representative of NYS Recreation and Parks Society.
“I am delighted to accept this award and proud to be recognized for our efforts to make the Town’s Recreation programs and parks the best in the state,” said Supervisor Hoehmann.
Supervisor Hoehmann has dedicated the necessary resources and funding to the Town’s Recreation and Parks Department to advance its goals of better serving its residents’ changing recreational needs. He is always supportive of exploring and instituting new programs, ideas and events.
Under Supervisor Hoehmann’s leadership, renovations and upgrades have been completed at Germonds Pool, Lake Nanuet, Street Community Center, and several playgrounds throughout the Town. The historic Tallman Budke House was restored for future generations. Clarkstown also acquired several properties for open space and recreational use. Supervisor Hoehmann also created the Town’s first dog park at Congers Lake and constructed and opened its first Winter Wonderland LED light display around Congers Lake.
“Supervisor Hoehmann and I have collaborated on and instituted many new programs and events for the benefit of Clarkstown’s 85,000 residents over the past five years,” said Clarkstown Superintendent of Recreation and Parks Elaine Apfelbaum. “Thanks to Supervisor Hoehmann the residents of Clarkstown enjoy state of the art facilities, beautiful parks, and a variety of activities and events for all ages.”
“We are indebted to leaders like Supervisor Hoehmann who truly understand the significant need for recreational outlets and appreciate the resources it takes to serve the community’s needs. With many deserving candidates across New York State to select from this is quite an honor, residents of Clarkstown are lucky to have such an advocate for parks and recreation,” said Lisa Morahan, Executive Director of the New York State Recreation and Park Society.