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Hochul Kicks Off Statewide Environmental Bond Act Listening Tour

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Governor Kathy Hochul has kicked off a statewide listening tour for the Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act.

The tour began Tuesday in Buffalo where the public got the chance to learn more about the act and for communities to share their opinion on potential projects and eligibility guidelines.

State agency representatives will also be present for one on one discussion.

Passed on the 2022 ballot, the act is the larges bond act in state history.

The closest stop for Finger Lakes residents is SUNY Cortland on June 8th. There will also be virtual meetings throughout the tour. To register for any of these sessions, visit www.ny.gov/bondact.

“The Environmental Bond Act is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to fund projects across New York that will protect clean water, create good-paying jobs, protect our beautiful open spaces and promote environmental justice,” Governor Hochul said. “This listening tour will connect communities with State agency experts to begin this collaborative and transparent process and lay the groundwork to deliver essential funding across the state.”

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner and Climate Action Council Co-Chair Basil Seggos said, “DEC is excited to join Governor Hochul for today’s opening listening session to help foster a better understanding of the opportunities provided by the historic Bond Act and hear from the public firsthand about projects of interest in their communities. We look forward to working with Governor Hochul and our agency partners to share information about the Bond Act across the state and lay the foundation for a successful implementation of this transformative effort.”

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