Posts Tagged ‘state budget’

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Parting DEC commissioner reflects on Adks

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos announces the release of a new Lake Champlain watershed plan at Ausable Point Campground on Monday.

Department of Environmental Conservation

Basil Seggos spent part of his last day as DEC commissioner speaking with the Explorer about his Adirondacks legacy, forest rangers, park protections and plans for more High Peaks hikes in the future.

Read our interview here.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Adding Adirondacks back into budget

Students learn about history of Timbuctoo Institute

Legislature

Gov. Kathy Hochul’s proposed $233 billion budget included some program cuts relevant to the Adirondacks. The state Assembly and Senate released their one-house budgets last week, adding some of those funds back.

Here are some of the takeaways:

  • Reinstated Clean Water Infrastructure Act funding to $500 million for the fiscal year.
  • The Assembly proposed dedicating $10 million from the Clean Water Fund for road salt management.
  • Restored funding to the Timbuctoo Climate and Careers Institute at $2.1 million.
  • Restored funding to the Survey of Climate Change and Adirondack Lake Ecosystems at $2 million.

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Sunday, March 10, 2024

Over 100 advocates attend Adirondack Park Lobby Day in Albany

Group of people at Adirondack Park Lobby Day

 

Group of people at Adirondack Park Lobby Day. Photo by Ken Rimany, Adirondack Wild

Albany, NY – Members from 17 different Adirondack organizations, over 100 in all, came from all over the state to meet with more than 60 state legislative offices during Adirondack Park Lobby Day on Feb. 26. The coalition was advocating for state funding and policy advancements for the Adirondack Park and State Forest Preserve.  Eagle Scouts from Queens, NY and students from Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn helped the organizations make their case to strengthen the state budget benefiting the Adirondack Park, including:

  • $600 million for clean water projects to assist rural communities statewide;
  • $50 million for open space protection statewide;
  • $10 million for Forest Preserve stewardship and visitor use management;
  • $3 million for a Survey of Climate Change and Adirondack Lakes ecosystems;
  • $2 million for the Timbuctoo Summer Climate and Careers Institute exposing students from the City of New  York to the Adirondack Park’s natural resources;
  • $1 million for a carrying capacity study of lakes in the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest;
  • $1 million for Visitor Centers in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks;
  • $420,000 for the Adirondack Diversity Initiative.

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Monday, April 10, 2023

Climate part of state budget delay

Gov Kathy Hochul, wearing red, at a podium

It looks like it could be another week or more before we have a state budget, which was due April 1. Gov. Kathy Hochul in a statement today said she is submitting a bill to the legislature to extend the budget deadline to April 10.

“New Yorkers are concerned about public safety, the rising cost of housing, and ensuring high-quality schools for all our kids, and any budget deal must make progress on these core issues,” Hochul said. “I have been negotiating in good faith with the legislature, but it is clear there is more work to be done before we reach an agreement.”

Hochul does not mention climate change in her statement, but that’s another issue coming up in budget negotiations. Energy Committee Chair Sen. Kevin Parker, wants to change the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. Environmental groups say the changes are not for the better.

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Thursday, February 16, 2023

Groups: Add Forest Preserve funding back into the budget

DEC sign

Following the release of Gov. Kathy Hochul’s executive budget, a Forest Preserve group comprised of 32 organizations and municipalities is calling on the governor and legislature to provide funding for the Forest Preserve in the state budget. This comes after a key item from the 2023 budget—a dedicated line for the Forest Preserve—was not retained in the governor’s proposed 2024 budget, which threatens important progress made in the Forest Preserve over the last two years.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Behind the scenes look at the governor’s budget reveal

Gov Kathy Hochul, wearing red, at a podium

Last week, Gov. Kathy Hochul presented her $227 billion executive budget in Albany. Here’s a little glimpse into how it all unfolds for reporters in Albany.

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Thursday, February 3, 2022

Budget Winners and Losers

ranger rescue

As one who paused this week to listen to the Environmental Budget hearing in the State Legislature’s Ways and Means and Finance Committees, one could not help but notice the budget winners and losers. In a year when state revenues are up and available resources seem bottomless, just staying even appears as a loss.

Climate: Few members of the State Legislature asked probing questions of state officials. Most of the day was spent in testimony related to meeting the goals, objectives and specific greenhouse gas emission reduction targets of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act of 2019. Now that the enormous scope of work to meet the state’s 2030 and 2040 emission reduction targets has just been drafted and released for public comment, will there be enough DEC and NYSERDA staff to implement the Act?  Good question.

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Sunday, January 30, 2022

Clean water budget

wetlands protection part of state budget

Gov. Kathy Hochul’s budget proposal unveiled last week included some major investments in clean water and a preview of how she envisions the state spending a proposed $4 billion environmental bond act that will go up for voter approval in November.

The proposal included $500 million for clean water infrastructure spent on local projects across the state. The funds will support improvements to wastewater treatment plants and drinking water systems.

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Thursday, April 15, 2021

Adirondack Report: Preview of this month’s APA meeting; state budget update

The state budget was late, but it finally passed both houses last week.

I had a quick overview on our website highlighting that the Adirondacks and Catskills are getting $1.55 million for visitor use management. Of that funding, up to $800,000 will go to Essex County to assist with its pilot shuttle system, front country stewards and infrastructure, like portable toilets. We also have a renewed $3 billion environmental bond act.

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