Senator Marcellino Announces Environmental Victories In The State Budget


State Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R, Syosset), Chairman of the Environmental Conservation, Housing and Agriculture Budget Subcommittee, today announced that the final legislative budget agreement incorporated many of the recommendations made by his subcommittee. Most importantly, the final legislative budget agreement includes $200 million for the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF).

"The Environmental Protection Fund is the engine which drives a myriad of programs which improve the air, water, and quality of life for all New Yorkers. Whether it is protecting open space, revitalizing waterfronts, or improving zoos, botanical gardens and aquariums, the EPF gets it done," said Senator Marcellino.

Highlights of the EPF funding includes:

* $50 million for open space land acquisition

* $18 million for waterfront revitalization projects

* $17.4 million for municipal parks projects

* $7 million for zoos, botanical gardens and aquariums

* $7 million for wastewater treatment projects, and

* $7.5 million for local recycling programs

"For years to come, this budget will allow for programs to clean our air, improve our water, and ensure that our beautiful natural resources will be available to our children and grandchildren," concluded Senator Marcellino.