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Drive Mounts to Finance Environmental Projects in NY Budget/Public News Service
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Drive Mounts to Finance Environmental Projects in NY Budget/Public News Service

New York Governor is supportive of climate action investments and nature projects. Environmental advocates are for it. Kathy Hochul put forth in her executive budget.

The Environmental Bond Act, worth $4 billion, is one of the proposals. It includes projects that protect clean water, reduce pollution, and reduce local climate risks. There are also $400 million for the state Environment Protection Fund.

Jessica Ottney Mahar, New York policy director and strategy director for The Nature Conservancy, stated that her group is committed to implementing New York’s Climate action plan. She hopes the Legislature will also agree to make the investments she proposed.

“Take a look in that climate plan and really calibrate future budgets to ensure that we’re meeting demand to change the way New York runs,” Ottney Mahar said. “From all kinds of perspectives to reach those goals,” Ottney Mahar added.

The governor’s budget proposes $500 million to support offshore wind manufacturing, $200 millions for capital projects at state park capital projects, $90 million capital funding for the Department of Environmental Conservation, and $500 million for clean water projects.

The state Legislature will now consider the budget. The final version is due by March 31.

Ottney Mahar believes that the investments offer an opportunity to combine flood prevention and environmental restoration.

Ottney Mahar stated, “Thinking through how, as community, we’re dealing with water.” He said, “making certain that we restore floodplains, the area where water will naturally flow, and giving space to that water to move and also restoring natural areas, which can help us absorb water.”

Hochul also proposed the addition of 1 million acres of freshwater wetlands to the state-protected areas.

Ottney Mahar said that her group is excited to work with Hochul to bring these initiatives to life.

“We’re excited to see her embrace the environment and the need to address climate change,” Ottney Mahar said. “As we build a new age for New Yorkers, and the next generation, of New Yorkers,”

Voters will have to still decide The proposed Bond Act worth $4 billionThis November

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