Hidden Doors: An intern’s survival guide for the New York legislative session

Ella McGrail spent the 2024 legislative session as the New York policy intern for Save the Sound.  The front entrance of the New York State Capitol is impressive.   It is comprised of three enormous doors flanked by columns and crowned with copper lamps. The stairs leading up to the doors are made of gleaming white […]

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Press Release: “Maintaining the status quo is not good enough”—Save the Sound Disappointed by Incremental Progress in NYS Legislative Session

When the New York State Assembly adjourned in the early hours of Saturday, it marked the end of the 2024 legislative session. But even during a session that ran a day longer than originally scheduled, the legislature did not do enough to advance to address the many environmental challenges New York faces. “Maintaining the status […]

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NY HEAT Act will support climate justice for New Yorkers

Fossil fuels burned in buildings for heating, hot water, and cooking account for approximately one-third of greenhouse gas emissions in New York State. Building emissions are the leading source of air pollution in the state and pose a danger to public health and the environment.   The NY HEAT (Home Energy Affordable Transition) Act would save […]

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PRESS RELEASE: CT Advocates Call for Climate Action in Special Session

Hartford, CT – Climate advocates are urgently calling for climate action this year. While the regular legislative session is over, there have been recent reports that both the governor and legislative leaders could be supportive of a special session.   Climate action is urgent, and a special session could be a crucial step towards meeting Connecticut’s […]

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NY Legislative Update: Many priorities remain, but not much time

This email was sent by David Ansel, our vice president of water protection. When policy intern Ella McGrail and I arrived at the Capitol on Monday, the clock was already ticking. Legislators had just returned to Albany after two weeks back home in their districts, and only 18 sessions remained on the legislative calendar. It […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Connecticut fails to meet climate pollution mandate as emissions trend upward

CT Coalition for Climate Action calls for urgent legislative action Hartford, CT—This morning the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection released its annual Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory. The report, which analyzes data from 2022, shows that the state has lost the ground it gained on emissions reductions during the first year of the Covid-19 […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Key NYS Clean Water Funding Restored in State Budget

Larchmont, NY —The New York State Legislature and Governor Kathy Hochul cut the delay in reaching a budget deal this session nearly in half of what it was in 2023. The real good news is that funding for the Clean Water Infrastructure Act avoided the same fate. The record $237 billion state budget for FY […]

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NY HEAT Act is heating up!

On Wednesday, March 13, our environmental justice specialist Alex Rodriguez and policy intern Ella McGrail attended a rally and lobby day in Albany to raise support for S2016/A4592B, the New York HEAT (Home Energy Affordable Transition) Act alongside over 100 fellow climate advocates. The NY HEAT Act will save New Yorkers money on their energy […]

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