Cuomo's budget maintains New York environment funding
Despite another difficult fiscal year for New York, Governor Cuomo's proposed budget calls for maintaining the Environmental Protection Fund at last year's $134 million level. The EPF is the state's major source of funding for land conservation and farmland preservation. It also provides critical funds for solid waste programs, water quality protection, waterfront revitalization, parks and historic sites, and zoos, aquariums and botanical gardens. Investing in these programs can enhance New York's economic recovery by creating jobs, increasing property values, and boosting tourism in every corner of the state.
A broad coalition supporting the EPF is gearing up its "We Love New York" campaign to make sure this funding is approved by the Legislature. The campaign, hosted by The Conservation Campaign, is holding a Lobby Day in Albany on Monday, February 13. For more information, go to the campaign website.