2024 Joint Legislative Budget Hearing - Environmental Conservation
February 7, 2024
9:30 a.m.
Hearing Room B, Legislative Office Building, Albany

Transcript Pending
Erik Kulleseid
Commissioner, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation

Richard A. Ball
Commissioner, New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets

Katie Baildon
Policy Manager, Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY)

Mikaela Perry
New York Policy Manager, American Farmland Trust (AFT)

Libby Post
Executive Director, New York State Animal Protection Federation

Jeff Williams
Director of Public Policy, New York Farm Bureau

Chef Greg Silverman
CEO/Executive Director, West Side Campaign Against Hunger

Basil Seggos
Commissioner, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC)

Doreen Harris
President & CEO, NYSERDA

Rory Christian
Chair, New York State Public Service Commission

Houtan Moaveni
Executive Director, New York State Office of Renewable Energy Siting (ORES)

Justin Driscoll
President and CEO, New York Power Authority

Will Coté
Senior Director of Public Lands, Parks & Trails New York

Heidi Reiss
Executive Member, New York Water Safety Coalition

Cathy Pedler
Advocacy Director, Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK)

Supplemental testimony

Dr. Kathy Nolan
Senior Research Director, Catskill Mountainkeeper

Vanessa Fajans-Turner
Executive Director, Environmental Advocates NY

Adrienne Esposito
Executive Director, Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCFE)

Elizabeth Moran
New York Policy Advocate, Earthjustice

Patrick McClellan
Policy Director, New York League of Conservation Voters (LCV)

Keanu Arpels-Josiah
Policy Co-Lead & Organizer, Fridays for Future NYC

Jessica Ottney Mahar
Director of Policy and Strategy, The Nature Conservancy

Roger Downs
Conservation Director, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter

Kathy Moser
Chief Conservation and Policy Officer, Open Space Institute

Peter Bauer
Executive Director, Protect the Adirondacks

Stephan Edel
Executive Director, NY Renews

Michael Hernandez
New York Policy Director, Rewiring America

Anshul Gupta
Policy & Research Director, New Yorkers for Clean Power

Laurie Wheelock
Executive Director and Counsel, Public Utility Law Project of New York (PULP)

Mark Dunlea
Chairperson, Green Education and Legal Fund

David P. Ansel
Vice President of Water Protection, Save the Sound

Andrew Zepp
Executive Director, Finger Lakes Land Trust

Jeremy Cherson
Senior Manager of Government Affairs, Riverkeeper

Nina Nichols
Local Representative, TIMBER

Peter Sidote
Consultant, All Deposit Redemption Center of Long Island

Jade Eddy
Owner, MT Returnables

Martin Naro
President/CEO, Empire State Redemption Association

Alexis Goldsmith
National Organizing Director, Beyond Plastics

Daniel Kelting
President, Paul Smith’s College

Arthur Perryman
Director, NYS Forest Rangers Benevolent Association (PBANYS)

Matthew Krug
Director, NYS Environmental Conservation Police Officers Benevolent Association

Written Testimony
Adirondack Council

Adirondack Wild

Advanced Energy United

Alliance for Clean Energy NY

American Institute of Architects NY

Bluestone, Mimi

Building Decarbonization Coalition

Catskill Center

Citizen Action of NY


Climate Reality Project

Climate Solutions Accelerator of the Genesee-Finger Lakes Region

Coalition for Community Solar Access

Coalition of Living Museums

Delaware Basin River Commission

Earth Justice

Empire State Forest Products Association

Equity Advocates

Finger Lakes - Lake Ontario Watershed Protection Alliance

FLO EV Charging

Green Education and Legal Fund

Gronim, Sara

Interstate Environmental Coalition

Kulukundis, Delia

League of Women Voters

March to End Fossil Fuels

National Audubon Society

National Fuel

NY Forest Owners Association

NY Solar Energy Industries Association


NYS Association of Beverage Centers

NYS Council of Churches

Plattus, Becky


Real Estate Board of NY

Reinvent Albany

Scenic Hudson

Sheridan Hollow Alliance for Renewable Energy

Sixth Street Community Center

Ski NY

Story of Stuff Project

Sunrise Movement NYC

Sure We Can

Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative

Various Organizations

WE ACT for Environmental Justice

Wildlife Conservation Society