Sen. Philip Boyle, a Republican from Bay Shore on Long Island and the bill’s original sponsor, said at Thursday’s session that the Digital Fair Repair Act both protected consumers from monopolistic companies and curtailed e-waste. Customers can fix their own “smartphones, tablets, and farm equipment,” Boyle said. Or, if they have “no technical skills at all, like me,” they can turn to local repair shops and reuse programs to avoid simply tossing things out, Boyle said. While time is likely to run out on the Assembly bill, New Yorkers can still tell their representatives to move next year’s bill to a vote, and to vote yes. A U.S. PIRG survey found that New Yorkers would save a collective $2.4 billion per year by fixing electronics instead of replacing them. The average family stands to save $330 per year, and help curtail the 655,000 tons of e-waste generated in New York each year.
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