Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Following NYS’s budget priorities

CuomoLast week was a whirlwind of Gov. Andrew Cuomo press conferences. He gave not one, but four State of the State addresses.

In case you missed it, green energy topped his third address, and we wrote an overview about his first address. One thing of note: Cuomo did not mention renewing the call for a $3 billion environmental bond act. It seems unlikely, based on the fact that New York is about $15 billion in the hole.

But we did hear some legislators reference it last week, so it could come back. Assemblyman Steve Englebright, who chairs the state Assembly’s environmental conservation committee, had suggested the bond act would be revived. He brought it up during a committee vote on changing the state constitution’s bill of rights to include the right to clean air, water and a healthful environment. I wrote about that, too, if you missed it.

More will be coming as this constitutional amendment moves through the Legislature. Since writing the story above, some green groups have emailed me with more information. Here is a fact sheet, which the Adirondack Mountain Club helped create: forthegenerations.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/SD-NY-20200512-NY-GA-FAQ.pdf.

Next we’ll have to see what Cuomo’s budget presentation for 2022 looks like. (Editor’s note: Gwen will be watching today/Jan. 19 and reporting on Adirondack Explorer’s website)

Editor’s note: This first appeared in Gwen’s weekly “Adirondack Report” newsletter. Click here to sign up.

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Gwen is the environmental policy reporter for Adirondack Explorer.

One Response

  1. Charlie Stehlin says:

    “New York is about $15 billion in the hole.”

    And this is just one state! I cannot help but think that this pandemic, and all of the economic, environmental, and social woes, the conflicts and suppressions all over the globe, added on….these, all of it, are no mistake; they have come to warn us; they have come so that maybe we are to learn something from them. We are being warned that we need to get our chips in order soon, we need to hash over the one great moral question – which is of more value, our wallets, our 401k’s, etc., or this only home we know… planet Earth? Which is more important…. us or future generations? We need to think hard over this if need be, and at the same time we need not strain our brains in the process, as the question is as simple as abc.

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