Statement by The Nature Conservancy on New York’s Decision to Not Place the Environmental Bond Act on the November 2020 Ballot
The Nature Conservancy released the following statement in response to the news that the Environmental Bond Act has been removed from the November election ballot:
Bill Ulfelder, New York executive director of The Nature Conservancy said, “Today’s news that the New York State Division of Budget and the Cuomo Administration have decided to remove the Environmental Bond Act from the November ballot is a missed opportunity. While it is clear that the pandemic has had a serious impact on the economy of our state and the nation, this measure was an opportunity to create jobs and conserve the clean water, clean air, and natural resources our children and grandchildren depend on.
“Building back better requires that we ensure our neighborhoods can withstand climate change impacts like heat and flooding, which are not letting up during the pandemic. Putting New Yorkers back to work in jobs that reduce pollution, restore wildlife habitat, and build infrastructure and new parks increases public health and safety in our communities. The Bond Act would have been a pathway to a better future for New York, by addressing looming problems that threaten the health, safety and prosperity of all New Yorkers. We welcome the opportunity to revisit the Environmental Bond Act in the future. In addition, it is incumbent upon our state leaders to ensure other, existing sources of funding for these critical purposes are fully utilized and are not further reduced in the State Budget as the deficit is addressed.”
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