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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Save the Sound releases our 2024 Legislative Agenda for New York State

BUDGET PRIORITIES Our environment is at a critical crossroads. The progress we have made over the years across the Long Island Sound region will be eroded unless the investment in our environment matches the magnitude of the challenges we are facing. Our environmental budget priorities include: The continued implementation of the $4.2 billion Environmental Bond […]

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Lessons from Puerto Rico on Energy Justice

In this blog authored by Save the Sound’s environmental justice specialist Alex Rodriguez, Alex provides insights into the island nation of Puerto Rico’s historic electric grid issues, as well as insights into what the island is doing to advance energy justice. Energy justice as a principle aims to make energy accessible, affordable, clean, and democratically managed […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Save the Sound applauds Gov. Hochul’s signing of resiliency bills

Albany, NY—On Friday, Governor Kathy Hochul signed two pieces of legislation supported strongly by Save the Sound: A05221A, the Living Shorelines bill, and S5400, the Flood Disclosure bill. (Read the Governor’s press release.) “After several years of work, we’re thrilled to see the Living Shorelines and Flood Disclosure bills become law,” said David Ansel, vice […]

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NYS Mid-Session Update on Budget and Bills

We’re about two-thirds of the way through New York’s state legislative session. Here’s where our top environmental priorities stand.   Somewhere between the first state budget deadline extension and the second, Governor Kathy Hochul acquiesced. Her push to change the way New York State accounts for methane emissions met such resistance from legislators and environmental […]

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PRESS RELEASE: NYS Legislative Session ends with environmental funding the big prize; progress but no final passage for living shorelines

Larchmont, NY—The 2022 New York State legislative session ended Saturday with an assortment of big budgetary wins and close calls. The biggest victory is a 2022-23 budget that pumps billions of dollars into environmental initiatives. Specific legislation to benefit coastal resiliency, stormwater management, and homebuyers saw significant momentum, but some bills failed to win final […]

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Press Release: Historic Investments in Habitat Restoration, Clean Water, and More in Federal Funding Omnibus

Funded projects will benefit Queens, New Haven, Norwalk River, and the whole Long Island Sound region  New Haven, Conn. – On Tuesday, President Biden signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act. This landmark, bipartisan bill increases budgets for the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of the Interior, and Department of Energy, and adds $1 million to the Long […]

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Taking Climate Impacts to Congress

This year’s hurricane season has just begun, and already it’s exposing our communities’ vulnerability to storms. Flash flooding. Power outages. Inundated subways and washed-out train lines. Millions of gallons of raw sewage overflowing into streets and basements. All of which you documented. And it’s expected to get worse with climate change. So we’re talking to […]

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