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Riverkeeper reacts to the passage of the New York State budget

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York State leaders passed a budget with a clear focus on protecting clean water and restoring wildlife habitat. The final budget that passed today will continue to make progress through a $500 million Clean Water Infrastructure Act, $300 million Environmental Protection Fund and the approval of a $3 billion environmental bond act ballot initiative set for the November 2022 general election. Riverkeeper Legislative Advocacy Manager Jeremy Cherson responded to the passage of the state budget. “The new funding — including the $3 billion bond act ballot […]

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Riverkeeper reacts to Governor Cuomo’s 2022 Executive Budget

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo released the 2022 Executive Budget proposal this afternoon at the state capitol in Albany. In the address, the Governor outlined a clean water and jobs focused budget that will continue to make progress on cleaning up our waterways and protecting wildlife across New York. Riverkeeper Legislative Advocacy Manager Jeremy Cherson responded to two proposals: The Clean Water Infrastructure Act and the Environmental Protection Fund. Clean Water Infrastructure Act “We’re grateful for the Governor’s commitment to water infrastructure funding in this challenging […]

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Riverkeeper statement on the decision not to go forward with the “Restore Mother Nature” Bond Act in November

Riverkeeper issues the following statement from its President, Paul Gallay:  “We are deeply disappointed with the Cuomo Administration’s decision to pull the Restore Mother Nature Bond Act from the November ballot. This Bond Act would have addressed time-sensitive challenges all New Yorkers face in connection with climate change, the need for safe drinking water and growing threats to biodiversity. The sooner the state starts the projects that would have been funded by the Restore Mother Nature Bond Act, the better prepared New York will be to meet difficult times ahead. […]

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Riverkeeper reacts to Governor Cuomo’s 2020 Executive Budget

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo released the 2020 Executive Budget proposal this afternoon at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany.

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Statement on environmental priorities in the New York State budget

ALBANY — Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and New York lawmakers passed their $175 billion state budget including a ban on single-use plastic bags and $500 million in funding for clean water projects that includes repairing and upgrading water infrastructure, protecting drinking water at its source, and responding to sources of toxic contamination such as PFAS and toxic algal outbreaks. Additionally, the Governor and lawmakers rejected the proposed language to raid the Environmental Protection Fund and instead continued to fund the state’s dedicated environmental program at $300 million. The single-use plastic […]

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Congress Rejects Trump’s EPA Budget Cuts

New York – Today, Congress approved the Omnibus spending bill that maintains funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at 2017 levels ($8 billion). In addition, the bill includes a $700 million increase for water infrastructure projects. By agreeing to a fully-funded EPA, Congressional leaders not only rejected President Trump proposal, but also earlier versions from Senate and House leaders. Members of the New York Campaign to Save The EPA celebrated the vote, and thanked members of both the House and Senate for siding with public health and the environment. […]

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Riverkeeper statement on Gov. Cuomo’s State of the State speech

Riverkeeper President Paul Gallay issues this statement following today’s State of the State address by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

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