Bob Capano, a supermarket manager and leading Republican candidate for Brooklyn’s 43rd Council District (Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst) today declared victory in the fight to trash the NYC bag tax after NYS Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said his chamber would join the State Senate to stop the law from taking effect February 15th. The news comes after Capano’s year long lobbying effort to prevent the city from charging shoppers a nickel for each bag used.
“We’re happy we’ve achieved the objective of trashing the bag tax and stopping the City Council from nickel and diming consumers at registers throughout Brooklyn and our city. Councilman Brad Lander and his elitist brain trust who came up with this idea must order Fresh Direct and eat out all the time, and have no idea what it is like to schlep bags of groceries. They want to tax everything that moves and some things that don’t. Fortunately, they will be stopped on this one!”
Capano has worked tirelessly to oppose the bag tax. He has appeared on numerous local radio and television stations explaining the negative impacts of this law, met with shoppers to urge them to contact their Assembly Members to act, and began an online petition to “trash the bag tax.”
In a statement, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said, “We have heard from many constituents concerned about the financial burden as well as other factors that could negatively impact our communities if this law goes into effect. In light of these concerns, the Assembly will take up and pass legislation (A.4883)” that will prohibit the law from beginning February 15th.
In an appearance on Curtis Sliwa’s Drive at Five show on WABC radio two weeks ago, Sliwa lauded Capano’s efforts and stated, “When the City Council first proposed the nickel bag fee (last year), one man stood out, almost like David vs. Goliath here locally, candidate for New York’s 43rd Council District Bob Capano said no, a thousand times no.”