In 2009, to much fanfare, the Legislature passed – and Governor David Paterson signed into law – the Public Authorities Reform Act. That law came from the recognition that state authorities – including the Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) – needed to do their work out of the shadows, answer to the Legislature and be held accountable to the public.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has rejected the vast majority of clean water funds which Governor Andrew Cuomo sought to divert to construction costs associated with the New New York Bridge.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 08/22/2014 - 10:04am.
A new poll shows that the people who would be impacted by fracking – residents of the Southern Tier and Hudson Valley – strongly oppose it. Despite the industry funneling millions into bullying New York into drilling, the results aren’t even close: 51 to 35.
Governor Cuomo was emboldened recently when his raid on federal dollars dedicated for our communities clean water infrastructure was approved by the obscure Public Authorities Control Board (PACB), even as one member who voted yes continued to express criticisms and disapproval.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 07/01/2014 - 3:27pm.
Why would the agency in charge of funding clean water projects vote unanimously to divert $511 million on hand to construct a bridge when, by their own admission, we face an over $36 billion shortfall in clean water funding over the next 20 years?
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:24am.
If you believe New York should be a clean energy leader, and that our government must prioritize the public good over Big Oil and fracker greed, sign onto our comments urging Governor Cuomo to use his soon-to-be-finalized State Energy Plan to fight climate change and move New York away from dirty fossil fuels of the past!
With all the moral and ethical challenges facing Albany lawmakers these days, it should come as no surprise that both the Assembly and Senate resorted to bank robbery as a viable revenue stream for this year’s state budget. The bank in question is Governor Cuomo’s one billion dollar Green Bank.