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July 13, 2020

In this moment of reckoning for the energy future of America, Elected Officials To Protect New York (EPONY) joins indigenous and front-lines organizers in celebrating recent victories over unjust and exploitative pipelines. With the tide of public opinion now clearly opposed to carbon emissions, andthe oil industry’s devastating reevaluations, EPONY says it’s time for New York state to divest. Hundreds of EPONY officials have already signed a letter that demands immediate divestment from the indefensible and irresponsible investment of taxpayer dollars in the failing fossil fuel industry. The NY legislature is moving to take action.

“I stand proudly with the 97 sponsors from the Assembly and Senate calling on New York to pass the Fossil Fuel Divestment Act (A.1536-A/S.2126-B) and request that it be taken up when we reconvene in July,” said New York Assistant Speaker Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, EOPA Council Member and veteran.

April 1, 2020

Albany – Elected Officials to Protect New York, a network of hundreds of local elected officials across the state, issued the following statement about the NYS Budget, which includes a permanent ban on fracking and siting reform for large scale renewable energy.

“Elected Officials to Protect New York applauds the passage of New York’s fracking ban into law in the New York 2020-21 budget. Keeping fracking out of New York State is crucial to protect our state’s natural resources, keep our communities safe and protect our businesses that depend on clean air, water and food to thrive,” said, Greg Young, Fulton County Supervisor and Co-Coordinator of EOPNY. 

October 14, 2020

Dummy Filler Text: [A NRDC analysis of oil and gas development in California shows that approximately 5.4 million people of the state’s population live within a mile of one, or more, of more than 84,000 existing oil and gas wells. 

Governor Newsom fails to address these fundamental facts when he publicly claims the state is leading the battle against climate change. He obliquely referenced the need for setbacks around oil and gas drilling operations and the phasing out of fossil fuels in his recent executive order, but ultimately left those tasks to more studies and the legislature.]



November 11, 2020

ALBANY, NY – Local elected officials held a press conference outside Governor Cuomo’s office today publicly launched a letter to Governor Cuomo signed by more than 100 local elected officials from 23 counties across the state. The letter comes from Elected Officials to Protect New York, a statewide network of hundreds of local elected officials committed to protecting public health, local economies, and the environment. 



September 24, 2020

“I have served as mayor of the Village of New Paltz for the last four years. I previously worked in investment management after graduating from NYU with an MBA in finance. Today, a portion of my paycheck and my staff’s paychecks get invested in the +$200 billion pension fund administered by the Comptroller’s office. Comptroller DiNapoli has an enormous fiduciary responsibility to care of our retirement savings.”

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October 14, 2020

Dummy Filler Text: [A NRDC analysis of oil and gas development in California shows that approximately 5.4 million people of the state’s population live within a mile of one, or more, of more than 84,000 existing oil and gas wells. 

Governor Newsom fails to address these fundamental facts when he publicly claims the state is leading the battle against climate change. He obliquely referenced the need for setbacks around oil and gas drilling operations and the phasing out of fossil fuels in his recent executive order, but ultimately left those tasks to more studies and the legislature.]

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October 14, 2020

Dummy Filler Text: [A NRDC analysis of oil and gas development in California shows that approximately 5.4 million people of the state’s population live within a mile of one, or more, of more than 84,000 existing oil and gas wells. 

Governor Newsom fails to address these fundamental facts when he publicly claims the state is leading the battle against climate change. He obliquely referenced the need for setbacks around oil and gas drilling operations and the phasing out of fossil fuels in his recent executive order, but ultimately left those tasks to more studies and the legislature.]

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