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Statement from Kim Elliman, President and CEO of the Open Space Institute in Response to Governor Kathy Hochul's 2022 State of the State Address

With her expressed commitment to fight climate change, support the Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Bond Act, and provide critical funding for park infrastructure, Governor Kathy Hochul has set the stage for the long-term protection of New York’s irreplaceable natural resources.

We are particularly heartened by Governor Hochul’s proposal to increase the Bond Act to $4 billion. If approved by the voters in November, the Bond Act will combat climate change and help communities better prepare for flooding and other extreme weather events. The expanded Bond Act will also translate to greater drinking water protections, as well as land conservation and improved public access for recreation, wildlife habitat, and farmland.

As the 2022 legislative session gets underway, we look forward to working with the Governor Hochul, her administration, and legislative leaders to enact a budget that expands the state’s Environmental Protection Fund for critical land protection, local parks and other environmental needs; provides necessary staffing and financial investments to make our state parks and public lands more welcoming and available for all; and enacting the Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Bond Act.

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