Speaker Carl Heastie and Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright have Announced the Passage of a Package of Bills to Combat Climate Change on the 51st Anniversary of Earth Day

"The Assembly Majority remains committed to protecting our environment and the health of all New Yorkers," said Speaker Heastie. "The legislation passed in today's Earth Day package builds on the standards we set in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act to ensure a safe and healthy environment for generations to come." 

"We are committed to preserving our environment and our natural resources for generations to come," said Assemblymember Seawright. "As the threat of climate change becomes more prevalent with each passing year, it's more important than ever to recognize Earth Day and do what we can to create a more sustainable future."

The bills in today's package create opportunities to reduce or eliminate these barriers and encourage the use of electric vehicles so that we can reduce dangerous emissions and preserve our environment for generations of New Yorkers.

Several large car manufacturers have already made commitments to drastically increase the production of zero-emission vehicles over the next two decades. 

This year's state budget also makes critical investments in environmental conservation with the "Restore Mother Nature" environmental bond act, which will be voted on by New Yorkers in 2022 and protecting farmlands and funding for clean water infrastructure and the state Environmental Protection Fund.

The Assembly has previously the historic Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act of 2019 (CLCPA), which sets goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase our use of renewable energy.

To help cut down on plastic waste that fills landfills and pollutes the environment, the Assembly passed legislation to ban hotels from providing small hospitality bottles for personal care products. 

"These measures are crucial steps toward building a brighter, more sustainable future for our families," said Seawright. "But we know that our work is far from done."