Statement on New York State Election Results by Peter Iwanowicz, Executive Director of Environmental Advocates NY

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, November 9, 2022

“For the second year in a row, New Yorkers have overwhelmingly supported the environment at the ballot box. When presented with the opportunity to affirm clean water, clean air and a healthier future, New Yorkers across the political spectrum say a loud YES! Every elected official in the state should take this lesson to heart as they govern. New Yorkers have been clear; they expect their representatives to ensure clean water for them to drink, clean air for them to breathe, and healthy communities to call home.”


In 2021, voters in New York approved an amendment to the State Constitution that added “Each person shall have a right to clean air and water, and a healthful environment.” (2,129,051, 70% YES—907,159, 30% NO)

According to preliminary results the 2022 Environmental Bond Act has also been approved and was the top vote getter in the statewide ballot. (3,333,589, 67% YES—1,630,054, 33% NO)

Between the two, environmental measures have garnered almost 5.5 million votes in support over the past two years.