March 13, 2019

Assembly's SFY 2019-20 Budget Includes Critical Funding for Statewide Environmental Protection Programs

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Environmental Conservation Committee Chair Steve Englebright announced today the Assembly's 2019-2020 state fiscal year (SFY) budget includes $175.2 million funding for environmental protections.

"The Assembly Majority believes environmental protection is not only critical to the safety of public health, but also to the state's economy," Speaker Heastie said. "Our budget invests in an array of environmental measures that will improve the quality of life for New Yorkers for generations to come."

"This budget shows a commitment to improve our quality of life by funding environmental priorities," said Assemblymember Englebright. "It will help provide open space for recreation, improve access to waterfronts, protect clean air, land, water and fund local recycling programs. It addresses climate change, and takes steps to help ensure that vulnerable communities are more resilient."

The Assembly is committed to safeguarding the availability of clean drinking water for New Yorkers, and allocates $500 million in new funding for the following water infrastructure programs:

Additionally, the Assembly Budget accepts the Executive Budget's $300 million allocation for the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), and allocates funding for the following programs: