Statement from The Nature Conservancy on the Second Passage of the Forest Preserve Land Bank Amendment by the New York State Assembly

From Chief Conservation and External Affairs Officer, Stuart F. Gruskin

Albany, NY | June 29, 2017

Last night, the New York State Assembly approved second passage of the Forest Preserve Land Bank Amendment and implementing legislation. Earlier this year, the New York State Senate approved second passage of the Lank Bank, and are expected to pass implementing legislation today as part of the Special Session.

In response, The Nature Conservancy in New York released the following statement from Stuart F. Gruskin, chief conservation and external affairs officer:

“The Nature Conservancy was proud to work in partnership with State legislators, local governments and environmental advocacy organizations to support this ‘win-win’ legislation, which enhances the sustainability of Adirondack and Catskill Park communities as well the conservation of natural resources. The land bank created by this amendment to Article XIV of the State Constitution will provide an efficient way for communities to access lands needed for health and safety purposes while ensuring a net benefit to the Forest Preserves. We are grateful for the leadership and support of Senators Little and Bonacic and Assembly Members Englebright, Cahill, Gunther, Stec, Butler and Jones as the legislation was crafted to guide the implementation of the new land bank.”


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