ENVIRONMENT

  • Governor Cuomo's Environmental Protection Fund, the first in the state's history, provides a perpetual source of funds for the preservation of open spaces across the state, recycling programs, closure of landfills, water pollution control projects, municipal parks and historic preservation, biodiversity and other environmental programs. Through the Governor's efforts, 278,000 acres of open space have been acquired or protected through easements.

  • New York was the first state in the nation to develop a statewide energy plan that considers environmental effects. Our procurement and conservation efforts have produced more national energy innovation awards for New York than any other state and the Shoreham settlement set a unique precedent in the safe use of nuclear energy.

  • Since Governor Cuomo passed the first controls of their kind in the country in 1984, acid rain causing emissions have dropped 33%.

  • Governor Cuomo's 1986 Environmental Quality Bond Act has provided funds for the largest investment of its kind in state history to acquire and protect environmentally unique and sensitive land, preserve and develop historic sites and urban parks, and clean up hundreds of hazardous waste sites. We were the first state to establish a hazardous waste reduction plan.

  • In 1988, Governor Cuomo signed an unprecedented agreement with New Jersey for both states to end ocean dumping of sewage sludge by December, 1991. Mario Cuomo was a leader in having the eight Northeastern states adopt stronger air control emission standards, an effort which led to the national Clean Air Act of 1990.

  • The Governor has laid the groundwork for the creation of the Hudson River Greenway, a unique chain of parks and open space linking Manhattan to the foothills of the Adirondacks.

  • The State Parks Infrastructure Fund, created by Governor Cuomo in 1992, will provide a decade of unprecedented investments worth $300 million for maintenance and improvement projects at our parks and historic sites.

  • This year, the Governor committed $10 million for the acquisition of environmentally sensitive land in Long Island's Pine Barrens building upon what is already the nation's most effective groundwater protection program. The Governor also signed the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for Long Island Sound with the EPA to improve the water quality of Long Island Sound, developed the 25 year Plan for the Great Lakes, and established with Vermont and the province of Quebec a Joint Committee on Environmental Management of Lake Champlain.

  • The state's Revolving Fund for Water Pollution Control has provided over 2 billion dollars in low interest loans to finance more than 125 water pollution control projects and ensure the high quality of our state's water.

  • Under programs created by Governor Cuomo, hundreds of polluting landfills have been closed with state assistance while recycling programs have been initiated or accelerated in every community in the state, including education efforts to encourage recycling and the nation's first recycling emblem. The "Bottle Bill", implemented by Governor Cuomo in 1983, has reduced the state's solid waste stream by approximately 350,000 tons annually.