Dear Matzav Readers,
My name is Eli Amsel. I’m the owner of Lagmitz Paper & Plastic Company located on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, New York. I am writing to you in regards to the new 5 cents tax that New York City has imposed on its residents and signed by Mayor Bill De Blasio. I have been an importer/distributor of plastic shopping bags for the past 34 years, and this law will have a very adverse effect on my business that I have toiled to grow for the last 34 years. It could potentially put me out of business.
I will definitely have to lay off some of my employees due to the downturn in business. This will also affect approximately 3,000 jobs in similar businesses like mine across New York City.
Every New Yorker, especially the less fortunate among us, won’t be able to afford this tax, like the elderly who live on a fixed income.
New Yorkers must begin to understand how unfair this tax is and the ramifications for small businesses like mine.
This coming Friday, May 20th, there will be a hearing regarding the state-sponsored Anti-Five Cents Law. It is of utmost importance to all New Yorkers, who must understand how devastating this law is going to be not only for me, but for millions of others living in the city who are already overtaxed.
Lagmitz Paper & Plastic Company