Jay Burgess Director of Communications, Scenic Hudson, Inc.
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EPF Returns $7 to $1 Payback to NYS Taxpayers
Albany, NY—Today, Scenic Hudson and the Friends of New York's Environment, a broad partnership of more than 100 environmental, conservation, agricultural, recreational and urban stakeholder groups, applauded the state legislature for passing a bill to enhance the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF). The legislation will use revenue from the state’s existing Bottle Bill to grow the EPF over the next several years. The Assembly passed the bill on Wednesday, and the Senate acted last night on the final day of the legislative session.
The EPF is New York’s premier dedicated source of money for capital programs that conserve and protect land, air and water. EPF programs benefit Hudson Valley communities by protecting working farms, managing the Hudson Estuary, creating public parks and revitalizing waterfronts. These initiatives not only conserve New York’s land, air and water but also create badly needed jobs and energize our economy. A recent study by the Trust for Public Land showed that for every $1 New York State invests protecting land and water through the EPF, $7 is returned to local communities in economic benefits.
Ned Sullivan, president of Scenic Hudson, noted, “Scenic Hudson applauds Assemblyman Robert Sweeney (D–Lindenhurst) and Sen. Mark Grisanti (R–Buffalo) for their sponsorship of the legislation. Governor Cuomo has demonstrated vision and leadership in maintaining the EPF in his budgets and in making it a key component of his innovative, job-creating regional economic development strategy. The governor has transcended the partisanship of the past by making legislators partners and members of his regional economic development councils chaired by Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy. By signing this bill put forward by the senate and assembly, he will bolster that partnership and unleash additional job-creating dollars to boost New York’s economy into a higher orbit.”
Through its various programs, the Environmental Protection Fund helps protect the drinking water for millions of New Yorkers and supports hundreds of thousands of jobs statewide across a broad spectrum of industries, including outdoor tourism and agriculture. EPF-supported industries generate approximately $40 billion for the state’s economy every year. For more information about the EPF, and programs in different regions of New York State, visit www.keepprotectingny.org..