Cuomo Unveils Host of Environmental Priorities in 2019-20 Executive Budget

Albany, N.Y. – Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a host of promising environmental priorities in his 2019-2020 Executive Budget address. These include a historic commitment to drinking water infrastructure, a pledge to boost solar and offshore wind power, a much-needed congestion pricing plan to reduce traffic and improve public transportation, and a promise to safeguard our coastal assets from President Trump’s reckless plans to open our ocean waters to drilling. 

A statement follows from Rich Schrader, New York Political Director at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC):

“New York was the birthplace of the environmental movement—and it can be the home of green resistance to the Trump administration today. The Governor made several promises that can help us rise to that challenge. This includes growing the state’s solar power industry, choosing wind turbines over oil rigs off our shores, safeguarding our drinking water, and tackling New York City’s traffic congestion. We’ve achieved great progress over the past eight years—and it has never been more critical to double down on building a better future for our children and grandchildren. We look forward to working with Governor Cuomo to deliver on these ambitious commitments.”


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