New York's top environmental official Basil Seggos says the state has cut air pollution and improved water quality but global warming now presents the greatest long-term threat to people.
The acting commissioner, tells lawmakers Thursday that mitigating and adapting to climate change are centerpieces of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's environmental agenda.
He notes the state energy plan to cut carbon emissions sharply and move New Yorkers to 50 percent energy usage from renewables by 2030.
Several lawmakers say their communities need state grants to fix infrastructure, fight invasive species and undertake projects against flooding.
The Cuomo administration proposes increasing the environmental protection fund to $300 million for land conservation, fighting invasives and other measures.
The governor also wants to set aside $250 million for upgrades to local water and sewer systems.
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