NYLCV released the following statement in response to the end of the 2021 State legislative session.
Julie Tighe, President of the New York League of Conservation Voters, said, “New York is leading the way on reducing harmful toxins in our environment. We especially commend the State Legislature for passing one of our longtime priorities to get more lead out of public school drinking water, protect children’s health, and promote environmental justice. We are disappointed that, as Washington is advancing climate action through the American Jobs Plan, New York has not acted on climate pollution this session. NYLCV has worked to advance policies that would implement a clean fuel standard, increase direct sales of electric vehicles, and expand electric school buses all to address the leading source of emissions: transportation. Along with legislation to implement extended producer responsibility for packaging and to make buildings more efficient, these policies would help us reach our climate goals while also creating green jobs. We will continue to advocate for these and other bills that advance New York’s climate recovery. We thank Senators Kaminsky, Parker, and Rivera, and Assemblymembers Englebright, Fahy, Gottfried, Fahy, and Woerner for their leadership.”