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PRESS STATEMENT

For immediate release:
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
For more information contact:
Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director, 516-390-7150, 631-384-1378 (mobile), aesposito@citizenscampaign.org

LEGISLATIVE LEADERS JOIN GOVERNOR IN PROPOSING HISTORIC INVESTMENTS TO PROTECT DRINKING WATER

CCE Lauds New York Elected Leaders for National Leadership on Water Protection

Farmingdale, NY—Senator Kemp Hannon (Chairman of Senate Health Committee) and Assemblyman Steve Englebright (Chair of Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee) introduced legislation to establish a $5 billion Clean Water Bond Act, which would be placed on the November ballot. The funding would fix aging and failing sewage and drinking water infrastructure, including septic system upgrades and water filtration. The program would also protect the sources of our drinking water, and improve water testing. This comes after Governor Cuomo proposed a $2 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act in his 2017-18 executive budget proposal. Senator Hannon and Assemblyman Englebright also introduced legislation to establish a drinking water quality institute to further protect drinking water across the state.


In response to the flurry of proposals to protect New York’s treasured water resources, Adrienne Esposito, CCE Executive Director, offered the following statement:


“We are thrilled by the unprecedented interest and outpouring of support to protect water quality by our elected leaders. Governor Cuomo, Senator Hannon, and Assemblyman Englebright have all stepped up to propose historic investments in drinking water protection. Investments are needed to combat sewage overflows, outdated septics, and emerging contaminants that are polluting our drinking water and waterways. We look forward to working with the Governor and legislative leaders to ensure that New York moves forward with the resources needed to address our state’s massive clean water needs in 2017. New York’s leadership stands as a model for the nation to follow in the ongoing battle to protect clean water.


Further, we applaud Senator Hannon and Assemblyman Englebright for their proposal to establish a drinking water quality institute. This is smart policy that proactively addresses emerging pollutants that threaten our drinking water. We don’t need to wait for the next drinking water crisis to before we act, we can prevent it from happening.

Now our clean water future depends on our elected leaders reaching a consensus so we can move these important proposals forward. We need our elected officials to be water champions to make these initiatives a reality. The compelling interest in water needs to be sustained throughout the budget and legislative process.”

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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 jchristensen  2/2/17