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.

Our History

EOPA New York was founded in 2012 (as Elected Officials to Protect New York) 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.

To achieve a carbon-free power grid by 2040, New York State’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) set a nation-leading offshore wind mandate of 9,000 megawatts by 2035, enough to power 30% of New York State’s electricity needs or 6 million homes. New York currently has five offshore wind projects in active development, which is the largest planned offshore wind deployment in the nation, totaling more than 4,300 megawatts (MW) and representing nearly half of our state’s 9,000 MW mandate.

Offshore wind development will directly benefit many of our communities across the state. For example, the Port of Albany was tapped by the Governor’s office as the country’s first wind tower assembly site, which will create up to 350 direct jobs in the area.

Offshore wind development will be a major economic driver for New York State, creating thousands of good-paying sustainable jobs, and billions in economic investment in port facilities that support the offshore wind industry, from Long Island to Albany and host of other supply chain businesses. 


162 Signatories in 34 counties

WE WON: NY PENSION FUND DIVESTS!

In December 2020, we celebrated a victory in New York with the Comptroller divesting the state’s pension fund from fossil fuels. Many groups came together, including EOPA, to make it happen. Our National Leadership Council Co-Chair, Former Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, authored the Divestment bill in the legislature, which was key to our success.

Featured News Coverage

“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.

See more coverage of our work.

NY: Join TCI, The Transportation and Climate Initiative

During the pandemic, economic recession, and climate crisis elected officials from across New York State and New Jersey are insisting on regional climate action to help the health and economic well-being of the millions of souls they represent.

Specifically, these elected officials are urging Governor Andrew Cuomo and Governor Phil Murphy, respectively, to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will commit New York and New Jersey to the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI), by the end of the year. TCI’s main tenant is to curb pollution from cars and trucks, the greatest source of human-made greenhouse gasses.

Previous Effort: Stopping The NYS Nuclear Power Bailout

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To learn more about our ongoing and past work, visit our Campaigns page.



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As current and former elected officials who care deeply about protecting our planet and people from the dangers of climate change, EOPA educates through value-based storytelling, trains lawmakers, and mobilizes elected officials to inspire strong environmental policy.



Contact

Media Inquiries:
Contact: Ramona Cornell du Houx
Elected Officials to Protect America
Cell: 207.319.4727


About Elected Officials to Protect America New York

Welcome to Elected Officials to Protect New York – 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.

EOPNY was founded in 2012 due to the growing concerns over fracking on public health, the environment, and our local economies. Our foundational letter, upon which our core membership was formed. Since then, we have worked tirelessly to protect the health, environment, and socioeconomic wellbeing of all the communities we serve.


EOPA New York Leadership Council


EOPA New York Leadership Council

Co-Chair
Legislator
Bill Reinhardt
Albany County

Mayor
Nicola Armacost
Village of Hasting-on-Hundson

Supervisor
Carl Chipman
City of Rochester

Legislator
Deborah Dawson
Tompkins County

Legislator
Manna Jo Greene
Uster County

Councilmember
Anthony Grice
City of Newburgh

Councilmember
Jean Kessner
City of Syracuse

Councilmember
Julie Huntsman
Town of Otsego

Councilmember
Katelyn Krisel
Town of Manilus

Legislator
Anne Koreman
Tompkins County

Councilmember
Mary Jo Long
Town of Afton

Councilmember
Mary Lupien
City of Rochester

Mayor
Steve Noble
City of Kingston

Legislator
Martha Robertson
Tompkins County

Supervisor
Jane Russell
Town of Pulteney

Supervisor
Gregory Young
City of Gloversville

Board Member
Irene Weiser
Town of Caroline

Councilmember
Robin Wilt
Town of Brighton