ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Legislation before New York state lawmakers would create a new tax break for restaurants that donate oyster shells for environmental conservation.
Under the bill, the state would award a 10-cent tax credit for every pound of shells, up to $1,000 worth of tasty seafood.READ MORE: Gov. Cuomo Says He Will Not Resign Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations: 'I Never Touched Anyone Inappropriately'
Old shells provide a vital habitat for new oysters to grow and form new shells.READ MORE: Road To Reopening: New York City Arts And Entertainment Venues Allowed To Reopen At 33% Capacity Beginning April 2
Conservation groups around the country have used old shells for oyster restoration projects. Oysters are noted for their ability to act as natural water filters, improving water quality in polluted areas.
One of the bill’s sponsors, Democrat Linda Rosenthal of Manhattan, said Monday that the proposal was inspired by the work of local students concerned about protecting the Hudson River.MORE NEWS: Caught On Camera: Asian Man Brutally Beaten At Lower East Side Subway Station
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