Our September/ October issue will be hitting mailboxes soon (click here to subscribe to our print and/or digital edition). In it is a story I’ve been working on since the beginning of the year, a look-back at the last environmental bond act New Yorkers passed, the Clean Air/Clean Water 1996 Bond Act.
The $1.75 billion in borrowing went to environmental (and some not-so environmental) projects across the state. Notable for the Adirondacks, the bond act helped fund some of the most notable forest preserve purchases and Adirondack Park easements. It also helped fund the closure of all landfills in the Adirondack Park, something I wrote about in the magazine last year that you can read here.
The piece also includes a look at my search for records and how I could not find a full accounting of where the money went. Each state agency responsible for distributing this money kept track of it in different ways. Some have even purged their records from back that far. I hope it will be a helpful read as voters take to the polls in November with a $4.2 billion environmental bond act on the table.
In sum, it was a complicated one to report!
Photo: The boat launch at Moffitt Beach Campground on July 21, 2022 in Lake Pleasant. The campground received funding for this boat launch in the Clean Air/Clean Water 1996 Environmental Bond Act. Photo by Gwendolyn Craig
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