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Riverkeeper’s statement regarding Gov. Cuomo’s $300 million commitment to New York’s environment

For Immediate Release
January 5, 2016

Contact: Cliff Weathers, Communications Director
914-478-4501, ext. 239

Ossining, NY — Riverkeeper applauds the commitment by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to grow the Environmental Protection Fund to $300 million as part of his upcoming state budget proposal, scheduled to be unveiled on January 13. For many years, the fund has languished, while the state’s environment and its communities have suffered.

“This is a big, much needed increase in environmental funding. This boost by the Cuomo administration makes a strong, clear commitment to environmental protection. The fund allows New York to invest in many different opportunities. It’s an essential broad based program that will really make a difference for New Yorkers and the state’s environment,” says Riverkeeper President Paul Gallay.

Gallay continues: “This big increase in Environmental Protection Act Funding should provide new resources for key programs to stop sewers from leaking, control runoff of manure into local streams, manage the Hudson River Estuary and support a number of other important clean water programs. ”

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