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Lawrence wants to bring Styrofoam ban back before Greene County Legislature

Jan 10, 2020 12:47 am
Sarah Trafton reports for Columbia-Greene Media that after Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for a statewide Styrofoam ban in his "State of the State" speech Jan. 8, a Greene County legislator says he will bring back his similar bill for another vote this year. Cairo-based Republican legislator William Lawrence brought a bill with a countywide ban on Styrofoam to the Greene County Legislature last year. “The bill was meeting some resistance because people don’t want to affect small businesses,” Lawrence said. “I think it would be better for people, landfills and the health of New York state.” Now, with a state mandate possibly looming over legislators, Lawrence says he wants them to look at a local ban again. Ulster, Albany and Suffolk counties, and New York City, have already passed Styrofoam bans. Environmental group Riverkeeper commissioned a study that found that Styrofoam was the Hudson River’s most common pollutant. Greene County residents can contact their legislators to pass on their views before a vote is taken sometime later this year. Read more about this story at HudsonValley360.com.