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State Senate Passes Felder’s Bag Tax Ban

The GOP-controlled State Senate moved Tuesday to block the city from imposing a 5-cent fee on plastic and paper shopping bags. Senators voted 42-18 in favor of a measure sponsored by Sen. Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) that prohibits the city from charging taxes or fees on any carry-out merchandise bags.

Frum State Senator Leads Push to Stop Bag Tax

New York State Senator Simcha Felder was joined at City Hall by Senators Marty Golden and Tony Avella, Assemblyman Michael Cusick, and other colleagues on both sides of the aisle today to call on Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council to stop a regressive tax on plastic bags slated to begin next month. The legislators called the five-cent tax on each disposable plastic bag a bad deal for working- and middle-class New Yorkers, and another example of government “nickel and diming” taxpayers and their families.

Muslim Woman Arrested for Lying About Subway Attack

Yasmin Seweid, an 18-year-old Baruch College student, was arrested and charged with filing a false police report after initially claiming that she was harassed and called a “terrorist” by three young men on the subway – who purportedly identified themselves as Donald Trump supporters.