Green Groups Gear Up for Post-Session Push

The official legislative season is all but done, but that doesn’t mean that the same can be said for any last-minute lobbying.

And amidst all the attention paid to gay marriage, rent regulation and property tax caps, the New York League of Conservation Voters is out with a release this morning urging all environmentalists to contact lawmakers to on a checklist of green priorities, among them allowing the sale of wine in grocery stores, (which they say would aid local farms) a measure that increase local production of solar energy and one that would tighten regulations on hydrofracking.

This has been a decent session for the NYLCV, as the group’s president, Marcia Bystryn points to victories over the regulation of water resources and yesterday’s passage of “Complete Streets” legislation which is designed to make streets safer for bikers and pedestrians.

Full email below:

 

Dear Friend,

Your emails, letters and calls to your state lawmakers are having an impact!

I am pleased to report two important victories for New York’s environment that have happened over the last few days:

1. Gov. Andrew Cuomo just signed legislation to stop unregulated, large-scale water withdrawals! The measure will help protect a precious natural resource, while also giving the state flexibility to address droughts and allow for important economic growth. The Assembly approved the legislation back on Earth Day, and the State Senate followed suit last week.

2. The State Senate unanimously approved legislation to ensure that pedestrians, cyclists and mass transit riders are factored into transportation planning. Popularly called the “Complete Streets” bill, this legislation now heads to the Assembly, where its chances are good.

Your advocacy made a critical difference to these initiatives.

But it’s not over yet. The legislative session is now expected to last at least a few more days — meaning that other environmental bills still have a fighting chance.

Click here to urge your legislator to take advantage of this opportunity by protecting local farms, increasing New York’s use of solar energy, safeguarding drinking water and supporting mass transit.

We need your support on these bills right away, so thank you in advance for contacting your legislator!

Thank you very much, and I hope to be able to report back soon on Albany’s green progress!

Marcia Bystryn
President
New York League of Conservation Voters

 

Green Groups Gear Up for Post-Session Push