ALBANY, NY (02/02/2009; 1321)(readMedia)-- Environmental groups and others have criticized the Governor's budget proposal for State Fiscal Year 2009-2010 as disproportionately cutting the Environmental Protection Fund and derailing approved projects years in the making. The Governor has already reduced the Fund by 20 percent, from $255 million to $205 million. Many zoos, botanical gardens and other recipients of Environmental Protection Fund dollars have been forced to reduce hours and cut critical staff.
WHO: Assemblyman Robert Sweeney (D-Lindenhurst) and Senator Antoine Thompson (D-Buffalo), chairs of their chambers' respective Environmental Conservation committees, will join the Friends of New York's Environment partnership, as well as the Mayor of Beacon, NY, a Washington County farmer, Richfield Springs business owner, and New Yorkers from across the state to call on the Legislature and Governor to defend the Environmental Protection Fund.
WHAT: Lawmakers and green groups will call on state leaders to maintain dedicated funding for environmental projects rather than cutting these resources in order to reduce the state budget deficit. The Friends of New York's Environment will also release a report highlighting Fund-supported projects that have preserved farmland and natural and historic heritage, kept parks, community gardens and zoos open for New York's children, and also created jobs, bolstered businesses and introduced new products.
WHEN: Wednesday February 04, 2009 at 10:30AM Eastern Time (US & Canada)
WHERE: LCA Press Room
Legislative Office Building
Albany , New York 12204