Friday, July 7, 2023

Attend the bond act listening tour; plus new Adirondack Council leader

rocci AguirreA listening session on the Clean Water, Clean Air and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act is coming to the Adirondacks next week. It will be from 1 to 3 p.m. on July 14 at the Sparks Athletic Complex Alumni Gymnasium at North Country Community College, 23 Santanoni Ave., Saranac Lake. If you’re interested in attending, you can register here:

Here is a refresher about how the state has divvied up the $4.2 billion:

  • “$1.5 billion for climate change mitigation;
  • $1.1 billion for restoration and flood risk reduction;
  • $650 million for water quality improvement and resilient infrastructure;
  • $650 million for open space land conservation and recreation; and
  • $300 million for other projects not specifically allocated in the act.”

What would you like to see funded in the Adirondacks?

Raquette Lake microgrid update
In case you missed it, Climate Reporter Chloe Bennett had an update on the proposed Raquette Lake microgrid and battery storage facility. The Town of Long Lake issued a letter to National Grid that said it no longer wants the project to move forward. Read the story here.

New Adirondack Council leadership
Raul “Rocci” Aguirre is the new executive director of the Adirondack Council. The organization made the announcement last week. He replaced Willie Janeway, who resigned after serving in the post for over a decade. Aguirre is the council’s first person of color to be in its top management position. You can read more here.

Photo at top of Aguirre and Gov. Kathy Hochul provided by Adirondack Council

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.

2 Responses

  1. Rob says:

    Is the governor up to something?? Why does she have that big smile on her face??

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