In advance of his combined State of the State and budget address next week, Governor Andrew Cuomo is releasing details of his 2016 executive agenda.  On Tuesday, he announced that he would fully fund the state’s Environmental Protection Fund at $300 million. It’s a move that’s being praised by a diversity of groups across the state.

Environmental activists in New York say there are some good items in the just passed budget package. But they are displeased with how state leaders have decided to finance the state’s Environmental Protection Fund.

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New York’s environmental community is ambivalent about funding provisions for conservation and environmental programs in the finalized state budget.


The 2013-14 budget agreement between Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders includes increased funding for the Environmental Protection Fund.  The move is being praised by a coalition of environmental, public health and other stakeholder groups.