New York League of Conservation Voters Reacts to the End of the 2023 State Legislative Session

We were thrilled to see several NYLCV scorecard bills pass the State Senate and Assembly in the 2023 New York State Legislative Session. By doing so, both houses demonstrated a shared commitment to producing renewable energy faster, advancing public health and safety, promoting transparency, protecting natural resources, preserving our delicate ecosystems, and ensuring our EV charging infrastructure will meet the demand. Thank you for the Senate for overwhelmingly passing the Clean Fuel Standard, which would have been a monumental stride towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions and ensuring a cleaner, more sustainable future for all, as well as the NY Heat Act, the Just Energy Transition Act, address e-bike batteries, and expand EV charging infrastructure. We hope the Senate will continue to lead on these issues and we call on the Assembly to take swift action in the future to ensure their passage. 

The following NYLCV-priority bills passed both the Senate and Assembly: 

  • The Lead Pipes Right to Know Act
  • Community Right to Know Act
  • Class C Streams
  • Geothermal Regulatory Relief
  • Highway and Depot Charging Plan
  • Birds and Bees Protection Act
  • Planned Offshore Wind Transmission Act

We extend our gratitude to the sponsors of these bills–Senators Harckham, Hoylman-Sigal, Rivera, Kennedy, and Parker, and Assemblymembers Glick, Fahy, Woerner, Mitaynes, and Paulin–as well as to Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie for their support in advancing these critical initiatives.

Looking ahead, we will work with Governor Hochul to ensure the bills that passed become law and we will advocate tirelessly for the measures that didn’t succeed, recognizing their value in protecting our environment and communities.