The plastic bag ban is the latest in a series of eco-friendly actions by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a new education and outreach campaign to make sure all New Yorkers are aware of the ban and its environmental pluses.
Under the new law, cities and counties are authorised to adopt a 5-cent paper carry-out bag reduction fee. 
Some bags are exempt under the law, so plastic bags may still be distributed to consumers in a few specific circumstances, such as a bag used by a pharmacy to carry prescription drugs, and produce bags for bulk items such as fruits and vegetables. But as a consumer, you can aid in protecting our environment by using reusable bags as much as possible. If you store them near the door or coat closet, you'll be more likely to remember them on the way out.