NYLCV Statement on the Environmental Bond Act

The New York League of Conservation Voters released the following statement in response to the news that the Environmental Bond Act was removed from the November ballot:

Julie Tighe, President of the New York League of Conservation Voters, said, “Governor Cuomo has been a national leader on the environment and climate change, which makes today’s decision not to bring the $3 billion Environmental Bond Act to voters this year even more disappointing. When the coronavirus lets up, the climate crisis will still be here. New York’s Bond Act was a chance to jump start Vice President Biden’s Build Back Better plan. Government can’t continue treating the environment as a luxury – it is a critical asset. Clean water, clean air, and open space support public health. When we don’t provide them the people hurt most – those who live in environmental justice communities –  are also those most impacted by respiratory illnesses like the coronavirus and extreme weather like the current heat wave. We believe the Bond Act would have been an incredible opportunity to invest in environmental projects while jumpstarting the economy by creating tens of thousands of family-supporting jobs. We clearly understand the State’s delicate financial position and will continue our call for Congress to fund our state, local governments and mass transit.  We are glad to hear the Governor wants to revisit this next year and stand ready to work to get this done. Today’s decision means State leaders must protect the Environmental Protection Fund, Clean Water Infrastructure funds, and others now more than ever.”