Environmental groups say the budget falls short

April 3, 2014 — Environmentalists were hoping to see more money for the state’s Environmental Protection Fund and other critical programs like reformed brownfield cleanup in the state budget. A panel joined Susan Arbetter on WCNY’s The Capitol Pressroom to discuss their reaction to the budget.

“For us,” Peter Iwanowicz, executive director of Environmental Advocates of New York, said, “this budget really is a missed opportunity to take that forward step that would further enhance our environment; protect our public health; and ensure that the population has an environment that they want to recreate in, breathe cleaner air, cleaner water, and ensure polluted sites are going to be cleaned up so they are not a risk for them and their kids. It fell short of the mark.”

Marcia Bystryn, executive director of the New York League of Conservation Voters, told Arbetter, “This is a state that does not advance a comprehensive environmental agenda and a budget that goes with it.”

Listen to The Capitol Pressroom here.


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