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PRESS STATEMENT

For immediate release:
Monday, May 24, 2010
For more information contact:
Dereth Glance, Executive Program Director, 518-339-2853 (mobile), dglance@citizenscampaign.org
Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director, 516-390-7150, aesposito@citizenscampaign.org

STATEMENT BY ADRIENNE ESPOSITO, CCE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ON GOVERNOR PATERSON'S POLLUTED PLAN TO OPEN PARKS

Farmingdale, NY - The Governor’s plan to raid the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) to keep New York State Parks open is a simple trade off of open parks at the expense of dirty water. The Governor’s proposal is nothing more than a Bernie Maddoff ponzi-scheme that robs Peter to pay Paul and in turn, threatens successful and critical on-going programs that protect clean water at its source and provide countless environmental protections and jobs. Since 1993, the EPF programs provide New Yorkers with clean water to drink, open spaces to play, and clean air to breathe. Citizens Campaign for the Environment is committed to keeping NYS Parks open for everyone and believes the legislature must restore funding for Parks and the EPF. Open Parks cannot come at the expense of clean water and it is the responsibility of the legislature and Governor to be sustainable stewards of both.

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Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) empowers communities and advocates solutions for our shared environment and public health and is supported by over 80,000 members throughout New York State and Connecticut. www.citizenscampaign.org

updated by seckel  5/24/10