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Environmental Groups Urge Vote on Nation-Leading Climate Legislation

Agreement between Gov. Cuomo and State Legislature includes cuts to emissions, strong renewable energy targets & funding for frontline communities.

Albany, NY

New York environmental groups are urging the Senate and Assembly to immediately schedule a floor vote on the Climate and Community Protection Act. Governor Cuomo, the State Senate, and Assembly have reached a three-way agreement on a historic climate bill. This would be a momentous achievement, and we are excited to see it passed before session ends.

We urge the Senate and Assembly to bring this landmark legislation to the floor in both houses for a vote as soon as possible.

If enacted, it would become the strongest climate program in the United States and set in motion significant work to transform the state’s economy to a low-carbon future.

The agreement would require deep cuts to harmful greenhouse gas emissions across the state’s economy, codify the State’s strong energy goals, and direct funding to ensure communities that have been historically burdened with pollution or are at substantial risk from the effects of climate change benefit from clean energy projects.

The Climate and Community Protection Act (CCPA), sponsored by Senator Todd Kaminksy (D-Rockville Center) and Assemblymember Steve Englebright (D-Setauket), would be the most aggressive climate legislation in the nation. We commend Governor Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins, Assembly Speaker Heastie, Senator Kaminsky, and Assemblymember Englebright on their national climate leadership. As Governor Cuomo said this morning on Capitol Pressroom, “Climate change is the issue of our lifetime, frankly, and the legacy that we leave our children.”

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