Earth Day / Arbor Day 2014

The new State Budget for 2014-15 reflects the strong commitment that New Yorkers share to protecting and enhancing the quality of our natural environment, and to ensuring clean air and water, open spaces, and green, healthy communities across our state.

This year's budget makes major new investments in important environmental initiatives that will benefit communities throughout the entire State. For example:

  • It includes $162 million for New York’s vital Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), a major increase of $9 million. This EPF funding will be used to support a wide array of essential projects that help protect open spaces and ensure clean air and water for millions of New Yorkers.
  • It delivers an additional $92.5 million in critical funding for improvements to parks and historic sites -- helping to improve the quality of life in communities across the State.
  • It also includes $40 million in “NY Works” funding for additional environmental infrastructure improvements in areas such as flood control, clean-ups and restoration projects.

Healthy families and healthy communities depend on clean air, clean water and the quality of our natural environment, and these major new investments are an important step in the right direction.

For additional information on the new State Budget, click here.