I am fighting to ensure the future of our planet and the safety of New Yorkers today. While climate change is already having irreversible effects on the planet, dirty air and pollutants in our water are hurting New Yorkers today. As with too many issues, the burdens of all of these issues fall most heavily on Black, Indigenous, and Brown communities, throughout New York.
What We’ve Accomplished
We enacted the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, which will dramatically limit New York State’s carbon emissions and protect communities most threatened by climate change. It is the boldest climate change bill passed by any state in the nation, and also cleans up our air more generally, bringing down asthma rates in places like the Bronx. I’m proud to be part of a majority that puts the health of our communities and the safety of future generations above all else. The law establishes a 22-member climate action council tasked with preparing a scoping plan to achieve an 85% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, with the goal of achieving a 100% reduction thereafter.
Where We Need to Go
We must pass my bill with Assemblywoman Septimo establishing standards for and limits on the emissions of toxic air contaminants, and to create a community benefit fund through the enforcement of those limits. We must pass Senator Jackson’s bill introducing a constitutional amendment that establishes the right to clean air and water and a healthful environment. We also must pass my bill requiring petroleum tanks be painted, which will reduce evaporation of harmful toxins.
New York should follow the model of many other states, including Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, and pass constitutional protections to ensure access to clean air and water are fundamental rights for all New Yorkers. Clean air and water are racial justice issues and we must ensure every New Yorker has access to a healthy environment.