This could be the last straw for New Yorkers. A bill to be introduced on Wednesday would ban plastic disposable straws in restaurants, bars and coffee shops across the Big Apple, and force businesses to adopt recyclable or reusable alternatives, The New York Times reported. If passed, New York City would become one of only a few major cities across the United States to ban plastic drinking straws, along with Miami Beach, Seattle and Malibu, the latter two of which will enact their new regulations come July. The bill would also reportedly ban coffee stirrers. “It’s important for New Yorkers to understand that the plastic straw is not a necessity; it’s more of a luxury, and our luxury is causing great harm to other environments,” said Councilman Rafael L. Espinal Jr., the bill’s main sponsor, the Times reported. Espinal also claimed Americans throw away an estimated 500 million straws per day, although that statistic was already called into question last month, after NBC News cited the same dubioius finding based on research from a 9-year-old boy’s phone survey. Espinal added that customers and business owners in New York City should learn to embrace “paper straws, aluminum straws and bamboo straws that are much safer for our environment.” Councilwoman and bill supporter Helen Rosenthal added that after plastic bags and bottles, straws “are the next thing that’s just taking up space in our oceans,” per the New York Daily News. The proposed bill would reportedly affect vendors who currently use plastic straws, across all businesses. Violators would be subjected to a $100 fine. A representative for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio could not confirm whether the politician supported the bill, but indicated that de Blasio is currently focused on legislation introduced by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo that would ban single-use plastic bags in the state, amNewYork reported.
The nanny-state is alive and well in NYC. Don’t ya love these self-righteous, arrogant, extreme liberal Democrat politicians telling people that they can do without…straws? Seriously?!? Glad I don’t live there! Typical liberals…Telling you that you’re too stupid, and that they know what’s best for you. What a bunch of fascist Nazis.. Unreal..