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Patchogue Village plastic bag ban mistakenly on agenda for Monday's meeting

The Patchogue Village board of trustees won't request approval to ban plastic bags at retail stores and restaurants at Monday night's meeting as advertised on its agenda.

Trustee Joseph Keyes, who has spearheaded the initiative, said the item was inadvertently placed on the agenda instead of a vote to set a public hearing on the matter.

That public hearing will likely be scheduled Monday night.

"Everything is moving forward and we're getting our ducks in order," Keyes said.

Patchogue Village agendas are released to the public at least 24 hours before a board meeting. Monday's meeting was scheduled to request approval to add chapter 315 to the village code prohibiting single-use carry out bags at retail stores and restaurants.

Keyes sponsored an educational form last month about how disposable bags hurt wildlife and waterways to help push his initiative.

East Hampton and Southampton towns voted in December to ban the plastic bags. Southampton's ban goes into effect April 22 -- Earth Day. East Hampton's ban starts Sept. 22.

Town officials in Riverhead, Southold and Shelter Island have also discussed banning the bags.

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