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Voters to Consider First Environmental Bond Act in More Than 25 Years

On Election Day, voters across New York State will have the opportunity to show their support for the first environmental bond act on the ballot in more than 25 years. The Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Bond Act is a historic piece of legislation that, if passed, will fund critical environmental protection and restoration projects throughout the state.

The $4.2 billion proposal will support projects that:

  • Safeguard clean drinking water, preventing contamination and pollution
  • Update aging or failing water and sewer infrastructure
  • Reduce carbon pollution that causes climate change
  • Preserve forests, wetlands, and other wildlife habitats
  • Build renewable energy at public facilities
  • And more!

The Bond Act will help advance environmental justice and address inequities by directing 35 to 40 percent of total funding to disadvantaged communities.

The Finger Lakes Land Trust strongly supports this measure and views it as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to invest in the future of New York’s environment. For the Finger Lakes, the Bond Act will provide much needed funding to protect our last undeveloped lakeshore, restore critical wetland habitats, conserve family farms, improve public water infrastructure, and reduce local climate risks including flooding-related threats.

The Bond Act would clearly have a significant positive impact on our collective efforts to restore and enhance New York’s environment. It is also estimated that the Bond Act would ultimately create nearly 100,000 good jobs.

The lands, waters, wildlife, and communities of the Finger Lakes—and across the state—need your vote! Now is the time to get informed and get involved. Learn more about the Bond Act at and vote yes on November 8th.

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