For Immediate Release: June 11, 2021
The following statement is attributable to Peter M. Iwanowicz, executive director of Environmental Advocates NY:
“Every New Yorker should be able to breathe clean air, drink clean water and live in an environment that is healthy. This year saw the State Legislature passing important legislation that will move New York closer to achieving this goal. Bills that enhance the public’s right to know what’s in their drinking water and ensure a smooth and orderly process to fully electrify all vehicles in New York now await the Governor’s signature. This year’s budget invests $500 million to help build the next generation of water infrastructure and includes a $3 billion environmental bond act measure that will be on the 2022 ballot.
Perhaps the most profound bill that the State Legislature passed would add environmental rights to the State Constitution: “Each person shall have a right to clean air and water, and a healthful environment.” This amendment will now appear on the 2021 general election ballot and if passed will help ensure that all New Yorkers have clean air and water, so no one gets sick just because of where they live or work.
We recognize and appreciate the hard work of lawmakers and their staff during an extremely challenging year. While much progress was made, there is still a lot of work to do, including making sure the Environmental Rights Amendment passes this November.”