Elected Officials to Protect New York is a statewide, non-partisan network of current and former New York State elected officials committed to protecting a healthy and prosperous environment for our communities.

NEW YORK GREEN POWER AND INFASTRUCTURE SIGN-ON LETTER

Elected officials across New York State are calling on Gov Cuomo to significantly increase state funding, support, procurement, and permitting to deploy large-scale renewable energy, reject permits for all new fossil fuel infrastructure, and work with utility providers to create a more resilient 21st-century electricity grid.

New York must galvanize its post-pandemic economic recovery by leading in green job creation and by funding much-needed green infrastructure, supporting local communities in transitioning from fossil fuels and preparing them for further climate change.


365 Signatories in 40 Counties

WE WON: NY PENSION FUND DIVESTS!

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“New York State’s pension fund, one of the world’s largest and most influential investors, will drop many of its fossil fuel stocks in the next five years and sell its shares in other companies that contribute to global warming by 2040, the state comptroller said on Wednesday.”

“With $226 billion in assets, New York’s fund wields clout with other retirement funds and its decision to divest from fossil fuels could accelerate a broader shift in global markets away from oil and gas companies, energy experts and climate activists said.” [Full New York Times story.]

New York’s $226 Billion Pension Fund Is Dropping Fossil Fuel Stocks

Story By Anne Barnard  Dec. 9, 2020. Photo used for story by the New York Times.

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NY: Join TCI, The Transportation and Climate Initiative

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Previous Effort: Stopping The NYS Nuclear Power Bailout

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About Elected Officials to Protect New York


EOPNY was founded in 2012 due to the growing concern potential threats from high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF, “fracking”) posed on public health, the environment, and our local economies. Our foundational letter, upon which our core membership was formed, simply asked the Governor to maintain the moratorium on fracking until and unless proper studies had proven its safety for all New York citizens.

With countless peer-reviewed studies showing the inherent flaws in the fracking process, it is clear that fracking has failed to meet that high but common-sense standard.

We are enormously grateful to Governor Cuomo for his decision, announced December 17, 2014, to prohibit HVHF in New York State; and the willingness of both the Governor and DEC Commissioner Martens to heed the science on the issue, carefully reviewed by Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah and completed by Dr. Howard Zucker.


EOPNY Leadership Council

EOPNY Co-Founder
Legislature Chairperson Tompkins County

Co-Founder and Advisor

Former Deputy Supervisor
Town of Caroline

Fifth Ward Supervisor
City of Gloversville

Mayor
City of Kingston

Fmr Councilor-at-Large City of Syracuse

Former Supervisor
Town of Rochester

Former Supervisor
Town of Pulteney

Former Councilmember
Town of Otsego

Councilmember
Town of Afton