On Tuesday, New York voters approved a historic environmental loan for the first time in 26 years, passing the $4.2 billion Clean Water, Clean Air and Green Jobs Green Jobs Act of 2022.
On Wednesday morning, the only statewide bill in the ballot passed 59%, according to unofficial ballot numbers from the New York State Election Commission.
Funding categories include at least $1.1 billion for rehabilitation and flood risk reduction. $650 million for open space and recreational projects. $1.5 billion to mitigate climate change. $650 million for water quality and infrastructure. At least 35% of the funds must be used for projects in disadvantaged communities.
The Environment and Adirondack Parks Group praised the passage of the bond law in a series of news releases early Wednesday. , recreational infrastructure, and employment expansion”. ADK expects Open Spaces funds to fund parks, campgrounds, nature centers, and land conservation.
The Adirondack Council noted that most Adirondack park communities approved the bond law, although Hamilton and Lewis Counties voted against. He suggested that bond law funds could be used to protect Whitney’s 36,000-acre estate on Long Lake, the remaining private property owned by Mary Lou Whitney and now widow John Hendrickson. .
“This is an important area to protect,” Janeway said. “We anticipate that both public and private actors will need to work together to develop plans to protect the forests of the region while respecting the historic buildings and recreational opportunities that are incompatible with wilderness protection. There is currently a subdivision plan underway on the property We want to prevent that and keep it as intact and protected as possible Yesterday New York really couldn’t attend Yesterday New York really did We couldn’t, now we can if we can agree on a fair market price.”
The Adirondack Parks Agency told The Explorer on Oct. 21 that Hendrickson had not contacted the APA in several years and had not submitted an advance application for the subdivision of the land.
Some groups have issued words of caution amid excitement about the approval of the bond law. A public interest research group in New York continued to seek programs to receive additional funding from polluters and pass additional legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
NYPIRG Executive Director Blair Horner said: “By making oil and gas companies pay to clean up the climate mess and passing necessary environmental policies, the state is responding to the current emergency. “NYPIRG applauds the approval of Proposition #1 and looks forward to working with the Governor and Congress to approve additional environmental protections.”
It’s been a winding road for the Environmental Spending Initiative, first proposed under former Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2020. It was called the Restore Mother Nature Bond Act and was priced at $3 billion. The Cuomo administration has removed him from the 2021 ballot due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the state’s fiscal situation. After Cuomo’s resignation, Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul took up the proposal, and the state legislature increased its borrowing and renamed it.
The last environmental protection law passed in New York was in 1996 under Republican Governor George Pataki. The Bond Act of 1996 financed water infrastructure and quality projects, major Adirondack land purchases and conservation easements, replaced school coal-fired power plants, and closed all Adirondack landfills. did.