Paper or plastic?
If New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo gets his way, shoppers in Empire State will not have the second option soon.
On Sunday, Cuomo, a Democrat, proposed a ban on disposable plastic bags as part of his upcoming administration budget.
He called the bag a ban on a "bold action" that would "create a cleaner and greener New York for all."
Cuomo added that there would be exceptions to any prohibition in efforts not to affect the low-income populations and that the distribution of reusable bags would be part of the same effort.
He had first proposed a ban in April last year after he and the lawmakers had blocked a proposed plastic bag from being taken into force in New York City in 2017.
Cuomo plans to release its administrative budget on Tuesday. A final budget in negotiation with the state legislature must be adopted no later than 1 April.
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However, New York State Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy has said a ban on plastic bags is prohibited and that instead a nominal fee is approx. 5 cents would encourage customers to bring reusable bags. The 5 cents per plastic ban would be put in an environmental fund.
"There are times when you need a bag," said Fahy Albany Times Union. "You need that flexibility."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.