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The Southampton Village board voted 5-0 for the ban.
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Violators face a $1,000 fine and up to 14 days in jail.
The nonprofit Citizens Campaign for the Environment says Southampton is the first New York state municipality to implement a ban on plastic bags. It says a similar ban exists in Westport, Conn.
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