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          VOLUME 25, NO. 8                                    THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2020                                                  25 CENTS

                                                                           The Cathedral Club of Brooklyn
           DEC Releases Final Regulations to
                 Implement New York State                               Celebrated Their 120th Anniversary
             Plastic Bag Waste Reduction Act

                 New Law Banning Single-Use Plastic Bags
                        Takes Effect March 1, 2020
             Bag Ban Will Reduce Litter, Cut Greenhouse Gas Emis-
            sions, and Protect Environment for Future Generations
                 Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Com-
            missioner Basil Seggos has announced the release of final
            regulations to implement the New York State Plastic Bag
            Waste Reduction Act, which goes into effect on March 1, 2020.
            After a thorough review of the approximately 2,500 comments
            received from stakeholders and communities during the 60-
            day public comment period and a public comment hearing,
            these final regulations will be published in the State Register
            on Feb. 26, 2020. Prior to finalizing the regulations, which
            were released on Nov. 27, 2019, DEC updated the proposed
            regulations based on the comments received to include minor
            refinements in keeping with the overriding objective of the
            Act to reduce plastic bag waste.
                 DEC will continue to focus its outreach and education ef-
            forts to ensure a smooth transition for consumers and affected
            retailers, with enforcement to follow in the months ahead.
            Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation to ban the
            sale of single-use plastic bags in New York State on Earth
            Day, April 23, 2019.
                 Commissioner Seggos said, “New York continues to be a na-
            tional leader on environmental issues, and the plastic bag ban
            is the latest in a series of actions Governor Cuomo has directed
            to preserve our air, land, and water for future generations.
            DEC is proud to be at the forefront of these efforts and will
            continue to work to develop solutions to combat climate change
                           (Continued on page 2)
                                                                   Cathedral Club President Brian Long presents the Keynote Speaker Commemorative Award to
          R.I.P. Luke Gasparre, Famed Queens                       FDNY commissioner Daniel Nigro as Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio looks on. See story on page 6.
                          WWII Veteran                                    DA Melinda Katz & Queens NYPD Stand Together

        Luke Gasparre, Astoria resident,  a Purple Heart and Bronze  DA  Katz  joined  NYPD  Housing  Chief  David  Barrere,  NYPD  Queens  South  ommander
        Star recipient who served in the Battle of the Bulge, died at  Assistant Chief Ruben Beltran, Deputy Chief Joseph Gulotta and 105th Precinct Commander
        the age of 95. Photo by Walter Karling. See story on page 7.  Inspector Neteis Gilbert at New Greater Bethel Ministries earlier that week, Queens Village,
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