January 15, 2019

Food Industry Alliance of NYS Responds to Governor Cuomo’s FY 2020 Executive Budget Proposal


All of the following may be attributed to Mike Durant, President & CEO of the Food Industry Alliance of NYS, Inc.

“While New York’s retail food industry is supportive of the Governor’s effort to make the property tax cap permanent and the continued phase-in of the previously enacted middle-class tax cuts, we have significant concerns with a number of proposals incorporated within Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget proposal.

We strongly oppose the proposed ban on single-use plastic bags and believe it is not a sustainable

solution for New York’s environment or the retail food industry. A plastic bag ban will simply push consumers to utilize paper bags, which is both cost prohibitive to retail food stores and environmentally unfriendly. This proposed ban also fails to recognize that New York’s food industry is already a leader in promoting sustainable environmental efforts by encouraging the existing reuse and recycling law and by providing reusable bags. Further, we are troubled by the proposed bottle bill expansion and, pending review of specific language, various labor protection mandates that were presented.

New York’s retail food industry is often the first employer for many New Yorkers and is a committed investor in communities across our state. It is critically important that lawmakers recognize their importance to our economy as we move through this budget process. New labor and environmental mandates cannot be absorbed considering the annual substantial growth in business costs and should be soundly rejected.

We look forward to working with the Governor and lawmakers in both houses to boost New York’s retail food industry.”

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The Food Industry Alliance (FIA) of New York State is the only statewide trade association representing the interests of New York State’s food retailers and wholesalers. FIA’s 800 corporate members include the full scope of food distribution --- ranging from large supermarket chains to independent grocers, convenience stores, food co-ops and wholesalers as well as grocery manufacturers and suppliers to the industry.