Additional $1.2 Billion for a Total $4.2 Billion Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act Going Before Voters This Fall
$500 Million Investment in State’s Offshore Wind Supply Chain and Port Infrastructure
New York Becomes First in the Nation to Set Electric School Bus Requirement
Record $400 Million for Environmental Protection Fund to Support Climate Change Resilience and Advance Conservation Efforts, and Increase Recreational Opportunities
$250 Million to Fund Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to Transform New York Flagship Parks and Infrastructure Projects
Governor Kathy Hochul today announced bold, unprecedented investments and environmental initiatives in the FY 2023 Budget.
“This moment demands historic investments in renewable energy and environmental protection to bring us closer to a brighter, greener future,” Governor Hochul said. “Our unprecedented commitment to the pursuit of clean-energy alternatives and green infrastructure will supercharge our economy and advance our climate goals. Thanks to the help of Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins and Speaker Heastie, this Budget solidifies New York’s place as a national leader in the fight against climate change.”
Expanded Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act
The Enacted Budget authorizes an additional $1.2 billion, for a total of $4.2 billion, for the landmark Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act. This historic initiative to be taken up by voters later this year, will provide the support New York needs to provide safe water to drink; invest in critical water infrastructure; restore critical environmental habitats; reduce flood risks; preserve our outdoor spaces and local farms; and invest in climate change mitigation and adaptation projects that will reduce air pollution, lower carbon emissions and improve the ability of New York communities to withstand the climate-driven increase in severe weather events and flooding. The Bond Act will also support a substantial investment in the Clean Green Schools initiative that will reach every public school located in a disadvantaged community.
In addition to the Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act, the Budget provides a record $400 million Environmental Protection Fund to support climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts, improve agricultural resources to promote sustainable agriculture, protect our water sources, advance conservation efforts, and provide recreational opportunities for New Yorkers. In addition, $500 million in clean water infrastructure funding is included, bringing the State's total clean water investment to $4.5 billion since 2017.
The Department of Environmental Conservation’s funding will increase by $15 million. This increase will go towards capital needs to improve state lands, rehabilitate campgrounds, and upgrade its recreational facilities, all as part of the Adventure NY program which connects New Yorkers with nature. This funding will also provide for health and safety repairs to state infrastructure, including dams, wetland restoration, state lands, and fish hatcheries. The enacted Budget also includes an additional $20 million in funding for infrastructure improvements at the state-owned Conklingville Dam.
Consistent with the Governor’s commitment to protecting New York’s wetlands, the Budget includes essential improvements to the State’s wetlands protection program, safeguarding an estimated one million additional acres of unprotected wetlands habitat and helping New York adapt to increased flooding and severe storms fueled by climate change.
The Budget includes an extension and expansion of New York State's successful Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP), which was set to expire in December 2022. The program is reauthorized for 10 years. The Budget improves the program by incentivizing cleanups in disadvantaged communities. Additionally, the program reaffirms Governor Hochul’s commitment to affordable housing development by expanding the universe of affordable housing programs eligible for BCP property tax credits, providing vital benefits to incentivize the redevelopment of brownfields as much-needed affordable housing. Further, the BCP now encourages the development of certain renewable energy facility sites, with new tax credits, to help focus BCP-driven redevelopment and meet the State's ambitious climate goals
Zero Emission School Buses
In order to improve air quality for school-age New Yorkers, the State Budget requires that all new school bus purchases be zero-emissions by 2027 and all school buses on the road be zero-emissions by 2035. The State Budget will provide $500 million through the Environmental Bond Act to support school districts in purchases of zero-emission buses and related charging infrastructure including charging stations. Additionally, the State Budget authorizes school districts to lease or finance zero-emission buses for 12 years, more than double the current five-year limitation for diesel buses, in order to help districts meet this goal, and ensures Transportation Aid is provided on zero-emission buses and related charging infrastructure.
The Budget will build on Governor Hochul’s commitment to bring environmental sustainability to New York schools. The Clean Green Schools initiative provided in the “Clean Water, Clean Air and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act” will serve more than 1,000 public schools and benefit nearly 1 million students. The program will drive significant infrastructure upgrades, such as geothermal heating and cooling, solar, green roofs, and indoor air quality/ventilation. This vital investment will not only boost the state’s economy but advance climate justice by bringing clean energy and a healthier indoor environment to under-resourced public schools.
Climate Friendly Homes
As part of the Governor's commitment to support the development of at least 1 million electrified homes and up to 1 million electrification-ready homes by 2030, the Enacted Budget provides funding for a $25 billion, five-year Capital Housing Plan that will create and preserve 100,000 affordable homes and electrify an additional 50,000 homes.
Offshore Wind Investment
The Enacted Budget includes a $500 million investment to develop the state's offshore wind supply chains and port infrastructure. This nation-leading initiative will create 2,000 jobs in a growing industry, while helping to make New York the offshore wind capital of the country.
Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Funding
The Enacted Budget will increase funding for the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation by $140 million, for a total of $250 million. This increase will be invested into enhancing and improving New York’s State parks. This substantial level of funding will aid the ongoing transformation of New York’s flagship parks and support critical infrastructure projects throughout the park system.
The funding will allow the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to continue its mission of providing safe, enjoyable recreational and interpretive opportunities for New York State residents and visitors. The Office functions as a steward of New York State’s valuable natural, historic, and cultural resources. OPRHP operates the State Park System, a network of 181 State parks and 35 historic sites. In 2021, the system welcomed a record 78.4 million visitors.
The Department of Environmental Conservation and the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation collectively oversee 5.35 million acres of open space statewide, including 2.6 million acres in the Adirondack Park and nearly 300,000 acres in the Catskill Forest Preserve.