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Governor Cuomo Proposes Massive Environmental Investments, Making New York a Global Leader in Fighting Climate Change

Executive budget proposal includes unprecedented commitments to safeguard communities from effects of climate change, create good jobs through buildin

Albany, NY

In his State of the State and Executive Budget address today, Governor Cuomo delivered what public opinion research has shown over and over again: New Yorkers want bold commitments to safeguard New York’s clean water and air while creating good-paying jobs. His proposals include utilizing the power of nature to absorb carbon pollution, investing billions in new clean energy projects, transitioning New York to 100% clean power by 2040, putting the state on a path to carbon neutrality, and expanding New York’s program to protect clean water by an additional $2.5 billion, doubling the New York Water Infrastructure Improvement Act. This comprehensive agenda will benefit every New Yorker.

Stuart F. Gruskin, New York chief of conservation and external affairs for The Nature Conservancy in New York, said, “Today’s proposals are exactly the kind of policies New Yorkers are eager to see, as our recent research reveals. We commend the Governor for recognizing the importance of conservation as a key means to strengthening New York’s economy and ensuring community health and prosperity.”

Jessica Ottney Mahar, New York policy director for The Nature Conservancy said, “Governor Cuomo‘s robust environmental agenda reconfirms New York as a national leader. He proposed significant steps to fight climate change including using our lands – such as forests and wetlands – to reduce carbon pollution and tackle global warming as well as creating programs to ensure a just transition to the clean energy economy. The Governor also doubled down on his commitment to a proactive and cost-effective way to secure clean drinking water for our communities – by proposing an additional investment of $2.5 billion for the current Water Infrastructure Investment Act.”

Gruskin continued, “The Governor’s proposal of congestion pricing adds to the momentum building for a policy that would benefit all of New York. It would not only improve quality of life in New York City, it will also improve air quality and public health while generating much-needed revenue to fix New York City’s public transit system, the heartbeat of America’s economy.”

Mahar continued, “We also appreciate the Governor proposing a fourth year of record funding for the Environmental Protection Fund with $300 million, and for continuing to invest in protecting and expanding our state parks and public lands. We look forward to learning more about the proposed $10 billion Green Future Fund and how it will help New York implement projects to deploy clean energy, increase community safety in the face of climate change, and conserve our valuable natural resources.”.

Recent public opinion research by The Nature Conservancy in New York showed that New York voters overwhelmingly support policies that reduce carbon pollution and advance a clean energy future.

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