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May 27, 2015 11:36 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Bender Pitches Bag Ban To Westhampton Beach Board

Southampton Town Board Member Brad Bender speaks to the Westhampton Beach Village Board during it's work session last Wednesday. KYLE CAMPBELL
May 27, 2015 11:36 AM

A month after calling out Westhampton Beach for not joining other East End municipalities in banning single-use plastic bags, Southampton Town Councilman Brad Bender visited Village Board members last week to personally pitch the proposal.

Mr. Bender, along with Southampton Town Sustainability Committee Chair Dieter von Lehsten, shared statistics about plastic bag consumption nationwide and the harmful effects it has had on the environment, namely how plastics are making their way into the global food supply.

The councilman also tried to preemptively ease concerns about what such a ban would do to local businesses by sharing the experiences not only of Southampton Town, but other municipalities—including Sag Harbor, Southampton Village, East Hampton Town, East Hampton Village and Quogue Village—where such bans are already in place.

“One of the things that was said was that if we pass the ban, we’re gonna lose our shoppers, they’re gonna go to other entities,” Mr. Bender said. “That being the case, as the … towns of Southampton and East Hampton are [no longer] handing out the plastic bags … there should be a line outside of [Westhampton Beach] Waldbaum’s from here to Montauk.”

Westhampton Beach Deputy Mayor Charlie Palmer asked why the village should not focus its efforts on pressuring Albany to implement a state ban on the single-use plastic bags, pointing to the mandated deposits on plastic bottles and aluminum cans as a successful model.

“Why are we doing it on such a small scale when the state level seems more appropriate?” Mr. Palmer asked.

Mr. von Lehsten explained that lobbying efforts have been under way in Albany for years and it would likely take several more years before a breakthrough is made. He also argued that bag bans must be a bottom-up effort.

“Southampton alone, per year, uses 22 million bags, so millions and millions more would continue to come,” Mr. von Lehsten said. “The only way to achieve this is the bottom-up movement; a small group, like you, for a small municipality make a decision, go for it and it snowballs.”

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They are only single-use if you decide to throw them away and not reuse or re-purpose them.
By Duckbornandraised (181), Eastport on May 27, 15 1:36 PM
From Westhampton people are not going to hesitate to go shop in Riverhead where they will be able to secure these reusable and practical bags. The local businesses no doubt will suffer. Furthermore, experience and research has shown that people do not use the reusable bags and just go with the paper bags. The environmental cost of those are also high. So hold the line Westampton.
By Toma Noku (616), uptown on May 27, 15 4:25 PM
The laziness of such an attitude like this never ceases to amaze me.
By johnj (948), Westhampton on May 28, 15 12:15 PM
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I agree with the above comments. My family reuses the bags. Maybe they're just twice reused but sometimes more. If we didn't have them we'd buy Glad bags or whatever for bathroom bins or for the garage etc. At work and it's a big building the custodians use plastic bags too. Local merchants having to buy paper bags for customers will surely suffer. Don't tell me paper is better. It's like buy a Prius! Where do you think those batteries go when they're depleted? Buy solar panels! Look it ...more
By lirider (263), Westhampton Beach on May 27, 15 8:07 PM
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Brad Bender is a narcissist who thinks he knows better than anyone. How about you clean up Flanders rather than worrying about plastic bags? As usual we have a politician that knows nothing, accomplished little , and is full of themselves.
By chief1 (2605), southampton on May 27, 15 8:51 PM
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Brad Bender is a guy who's stuck his neck out for what he believes more than once as a community leader and Town Councilman. He's not afraid to take flak, as he's showing us once again on this issue.

As Brad rightly says, if banning plastic bags really caused people to shop elsewhere, then the WHB Waldbaum's, still using plastic, would have more business right now than it can handle. Not happening.

Riverhead? You say they'll go to Riverhead? Hey, they do that already, and it ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1906), Quiogue on May 28, 15 11:23 AM
I don't mind paying a little more to shop in a friendly, safe and civil environment if saving the $ is worth the trade off to you then by all means drive to Riverhead. I like my higher food bill and property tax It keeps the nieborhood the way I like it
By 27dan (2595), Shinnecock Hills on May 28, 15 11:40 AM
What is the big deal buy a few of the reusable totes ?

( some people are so cheap )
By Undocumented Democrat (1867), southampton on May 28, 15 8:39 PM
This comment has been removed because it is a duplicate, off-topic or contains inappropriate content.
By chief1 (2605), southampton on May 28, 15 9:49 PM
I go to the beach a lot. You know what I pick up more than anything? Balloons! All those helium balloons that get released in the air for graduations and stuff go to the ocean so some poor Sea Turtle thinks it's kelp. Close the balloon shops Brad and Anna! Just kidding...
By lirider (263), Westhampton Beach on May 29, 15 12:44 PM
Turkey Bridge you act like Brad Bender is some sort of hero, because of his stance on plastic bags. There are so many important things to do, and plastic bags aren't even on the top fifty.
By chief1 (2605), southampton on May 30, 15 11:54 PM
Chief, again you demonstrate ignorance by your comment. Here are a couple of visuals for you: look at the vast islands of plastic waste swirling in our oceans; look at birds and and other wildlife choked or strangled by discarded plastic bags; look at the shrubs and trees along some of our highways, festooned with plastic bags like so many tattered banners.

That shows the problem is both local and global. And look at Quogue, Sag Harbor, Southampton Village, East Hampton Town and East ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1906), Quiogue on May 31, 15 11:28 AM
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The week the ban went into effect, there were four bags tattered in the trees right in front of the BH King Kullen.

'Nuff said...
By Mr. Z (10900), North Sea on Jun 1, 15 4:56 PM
How about the abandoned area of Flanders? How about the poor in this town that can't afford three meals a day? How about our traffic problems? Another elitist idea that they will save the world by abandoning plastic bags. Get a grip Brad Bender is another BS artist who thinks he knows all the answers. Politics is full of low achievers that know little, and are in their jobs for medical, and retirement benefits. What a joke!
By chief1 (2605), southampton on May 31, 15 12:31 PM
The poor in the town that cant afford three meals a day ???

There are more help wanted signs from Riverhead to Montauk then there is in the whole state of NY

Your Poooor people garbage, as well as your rant about more retirement and medical benefits is the joke!

Obama as seen to it that any bum can be subsidized up to a great medical benefit package, all without paying any income taxes and while collecting welfare and food stamps, virtually for as long as they wish
Jun 1, 15 8:57 AM appended by Undocumented Democrat
Sorry Chief I mis understood what you wrote about Bender just being in it for the benefits. But the part i wrote about the poor milking the system is still very valid. if there was no opportunity here the Latinos would not be coming in like a tidal wave.
By Undocumented Democrat (1867), southampton on Jun 1, 15 8:57 AM
About a million of those "bums" are veterans.
By Mets fan (1353), Southampton on Jun 1, 15 10:23 AM
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and 14 million are Veterans of Mexico
By 27dan (2595), Shinnecock Hills on Jun 1, 15 6:18 PM
Another republican famously supporting our troops. Never can quite make up your mind who you want to be. Pick and choose with no convictions.
By Mets fan (1353), Southampton on Jun 3, 15 9:19 AM
JON KING, CNN: If you look at the Quinnipiac poll: Is [Hillary Clinton] honest and trustworthy or not?

Yes: 39%
No: 53%

Look at the independents:

Yes: 31%
No: 61%

You can't go 20 minutes in this town, it seems, without some story about the Clinton Foundation that gives you a little bit of the creeps.
By They call me (2591), southampton on Jun 1, 15 9:20 AM
to Undocumented Democrat:

Quote:

"Your Poooor people garbage, as well as your rant about more retirement and medical benefits is the joke!

Obama as seen to it that any bum can be subsidized up to a great medical benefit package, all without paying any income taxes and while collecting welfare and food stamps, virtually for as long as they wish"
----------------------------------------------

Your psychopathy, meanness and ignorance surpasses belief.

You ...more
By highhatsize (3886), East Quogue on Jun 1, 15 10:50 AM
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What is it you Mr Z and Turkey Bridge would like me to support ?

Like I stated It was a quote from CNNs lead political analyst

Sunday Shows Highlight Hillary Clinton’s Vulnerability

On CNN’s “Inside Politics,” John King pointed to a recent Quinnipiac poll that showed Hillary Clinton’s honesty and trustworthiness numbers underwater. King attributed her falling poll numbers to a slew of bad stories, saying “you can’t go 20 minutes ...more
By They call me (2591), southampton on Jun 1, 15 6:29 PM
This comment has been removed because it is a duplicate, off-topic or contains inappropriate content.
By local 84 (337), riverhead on Jun 2, 15 12:21 AM
to They call me:

Well, first of all, you could have properly cited the reference to Jon King and made it clear that you were QUOTING him rather than asserting your own, naked opinion.

However, now having accessed the quote, King's remarks turn out to have been prompted by Bill Clinton's alleged refusal to appear at Petra Nemcova's charity affair unless she contribute $500,000 to HIS charity. Even if true, should Bill be criticized for squeezing money out of a supermodel to provide ...more
By highhatsize (3886), East Quogue on Jun 1, 15 8:18 PM


Highat. You have too have concern that the oposition has plenty to disclose but they are going hold their fire until it is too late to replace Clinton.

This election feels like the Democratic plan is to walk the plank and hope for the best.
By local 84 (337), riverhead on Jun 2, 15 12:20 AM
Washington (CNN) 6/10/15 More people have an unfavorable view of Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton now than at any time since 2001, according to a new CNN/ORC poll on the 2016 race.

The poll shows that her numbers have dropped significantly across the board since she launched her campaign in April.

A growing number of people say she is not honest and trustworthy (57%, up from 49% in March), less than half feel she cares about people like them (47%, down from 53% last July) ...more
By They call me (2591), southampton on Jun 2, 15 10:51 AM
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RAND PAUL SLAMS ESTABLISHMENT REPUBLICANS, DECLARES VICTORY OVER NSA, AS BULK COLLECTION SHUTS DOWN

THANKS RAND FOR ENDING BULK COLLECTION OF OR PRIVATE EMAILS AND TEXTS AND UPHOLDING THE 4TH!
By Undocumented Democrat (1867), southampton on Jun 1, 15 11:05 PM
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I'm no Rand Paul fan, but thanks, Undocumented Democrat, for giving us all a break and changing your avatar.
By Turkey Bridge (1906), Quiogue on Jun 2, 15 2:21 PM
to Undocumented Democrat:

I'm not sure how I feel about the NSA eavesdropping. Unwarranted (or vaguely defined) "wiretapping" is abhorrent. However, if it stops another Twin Towers mass-murder, I would be willing to surrender some of my individual constitutional guarantees to the commonweal.

When search warrants are issued, the objects of the search are specifically defined. If NSA intercepts are judicially viewed as being legally and evidentially null EXCEPT for evidence ...more
By highhatsize (3886), East Quogue on Jun 2, 15 3:57 PM
lol no problem, that was my point could you imagine electing that for four years
Jun 2, 15 4:23 PM appended by Undocumented Democrat
A slippery slope indeed, Senator Paul was the main reason behind the expiration becoming a reality. "I think the majority of the American people actually do believe government has gone too far. In Washington it's the opposite. But I think Washington is out of touch. There will be 80 votes in order to say continue the PATRIOT Act. Maybe more. But Paul as continually said if you go into the general public, if you get outside the beltway and visit America, you find it's completely the opposite. There was a poll a couple weeks ago that said over 80% of people under age 40, over 80% of them think that the government collecting your phone records is wrong. We must defend the Bill of Rights and the constitution, popular or not, but I frankly think that the Bill of Rights and the constitution are very popular, very important, and I will continue as long as I have breath and as long as I'm here to defend them and with that "
By Undocumented Democrat (1867), southampton on Jun 2, 15 4:23 PM
FBI behind mysterious surveillance aircraft over US cities

Jun 2, 3:27 AM (ET)

By JACK GILLIAM, EILEEN SULLIVAN and ERIC TUCKER

(WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video and, at times, cell phone surveillance technology — all hidden behind fictitious companies that are fronts for the government, The Associated Press has learned.
The planes' surveillance equipment is generally ...more
By 27dan (2595), Shinnecock Hills on Jun 2, 15 4:47 PM
If McCain is for it, I'm against it !

Rand is right. The NSA never had constitutional authority to collect and store everyones digital correspondence, nor can it show a single terrorist attack that the recordings prevented.

They pi$$ed all over the 4th Amendment. I remember writing my Sen. back in 2001 to warn him that this would happen if they passed the "Patriot Act". He wrote back assuring me that my concerns would never be realized and the legislation was sound. I never voted ...more
By joe hampton (3272), southampton on Jun 2, 15 5:23 PM
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Rand Paul Calls For Release of Classified "28 Pages" From 9/11 Commission Report: "Families of Victims Deserve the Truth"
By Undocumented Democrat (1867), southampton on Jun 3, 15 11:52 AM
The truth is the FBI should have let John O'Neill do his job.

He was the one man who could have prevented it. Instead, yet again, the price of hubris in our culture is far too high.
By Mr. Z (10900), North Sea on Jun 3, 15 1:25 PM
The only "establishment" we should care about is the U.S. Constitution. "Establishment" rino's have been second to only the treacherous Democrats in their disrespect for this document.
By joe hampton (3272), southampton on Jun 3, 15 9:15 PM
hear hear, I will not waste my vote for Jeb Bush, Lindsey Graham or Chris Christie anymore than I will vote for Hillary !

And that is a promise I will keep!
By 27dan (2595), Shinnecock Hills on Jun 3, 15 9:22 PM
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One may witness vast herds of the North American white RINO grazing across the DC lowlands. Nowhere near endangered species status, but still well-protected.
Jun 5, 15 9:06 AM appended by loading...
...and poachers pose no problem for Lindsey Graham, as he has no aphrodisiac value.
By loading... (553), quiogue on Jun 4, 15 9:06 AM
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A CNN poll released Wednesday shows that George W. Bush is not only more popular than President Obama, a majority of Americans now view the former president in a positive light. A full 52% see Bush favorably, compared to just 43% who do not. 49% of Americans do not have a favorable opinion of Obama.

Obama’s job approval numbers also took a serious dive in the CNN poll, with just 45% approving of his job and a clear majority of 52% disapproving.
By They call me (2591), southampton on Jun 4, 15 9:26 AM
He seemed to be in over his head at times but still believe W had a good heart , His brother I do not trust he is much more calculating time to move on we do not need to revisit the Clinton or Bush family's
By joe hampton (3272), southampton on Jun 4, 15 12:08 PM
A "good heart"? What kind of a "heart" makes a joke of not being able to find WMD's at the Correspondent's Dinner after sending American kids to die and suffer? And Jeb? Maybe more calculating and maybe a tad smarter than Dubya, but still dumb as a stump. Just for starters, favors raising retirement age to 70, favors sending troops back to the Middle East, and is a climate "skeptic" ("not a scientist"). Way out of the mainstream. Plus he's violating campaign finance law as I write with his ...more
By June Bug (2331), SOUTHAMPTON on Jun 4, 15 12:29 PM
... how 'bout no more candidates that wear cowboy boots?
By William Rodney (525), southampton on Jun 4, 15 12:39 PM
or pant suits
By They call me (2591), southampton on Jun 4, 15 3:34 PM
George W Bush will go down in history as one of our best presidents, and Barry Soetoro will be the worst.
By bigfresh (4045), north sea on Jun 4, 15 4:18 PM