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Urge Your Legislators to Oppose the Vested Rights Bill!


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The Vested Rights Act undermines the authority of municipalities to protect the general welfare and natural resources of their communities by strengthening local, environmentally related laws. Many communities within the New York City watershed are just now enacting local laws to protect their aquifers, streams and wetlands. The Vested Rights Act poses a significant threat to the New York City Watershed, as it would exempt developers from such newly enacted laws just because they were not in place at the time of the developers’ application.

The Vested Rights Act would lock in place for six years all environmental and zoning laws currently applicable to land development projects in Dutchess, Putnam, Orange, Rockland and Westchester counties, nine months from the time a developer submits a project application. If a municipality passes more stringent or new laws, it would face a steep burden to show that those laws should apply to projects with “vested” development rights.

Call bill sponsors Senator Greg Ball and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin today as well as your local representative and tell them to oppose this piece of legislation that poses an imminent threat to our drinking water supply.

Assemblywoman Paulin’s info is:
(518) 455-5585 (Albany office)
(914) 723-1115 (District office)
[email protected]

Senator Ball’s info is:
(518) 455-3111 (Albany office)
(845) 279-3773 (District office)
[email protected]

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