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We, the undersigned elected officials, support the responsible development of offshore wind for New York to create jobs, lead America’s clean energy economy, and protect our state from the worst impacts of the climate emergency. 

Superstorm Sandy highlighted New York’s vulnerability to the climate emergency and the urgency for rapid deployment of renewable energy. The storm’s destruction cost our region 159 lives and $75 billion. Without immediate action, much of New York’s coastline will be lost under a projected 8 feet of sea level rise by the end of the century, along with the homes and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers. According to the Regional Plan Association, sea level rise in the New York Metropolitan Region will threaten 285,000 homes valued at $164 billion by 2100.

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. 

From the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes, New York State is uniquely positioned to benefit from offshore wind energy development. The Atlantic Seaboard has the potential to produce more than four times our current energy demand, and almost double the projected demand in 2050. New York’s strong, consistent offshore wind coupled with a wide, shallow continental shelf is perfectly suited for offshore wind deployment using existing technology. 

New York is a member of the Great Lakes Offshore Wind Energy Consortium, which supports the efficient and responsible review of proposed offshore wind energy projects in the Great Lakes. Offshore wind potential in the Great Lakes is more than 700 gigawatts, representing one-fifth of America’s total offshore wind potential. 

The Biden Administration has signaled through its recent actions that the federal government is a partner to the states in scaling up offshore wind development, which is essential for New York to reach its CLCPA mandate. New York and nine Northeast states have committed to work with the President and Administration to accelerate offshore wind development. 

Support for offshore wind development is growing rapidly. Businesses, community groups, environmental justice organizations, labor unions, and environmental groups all want to see offshore wind developed responsibly to help grow jobs and better health outcomes. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) conducted 20 studies and engaged with stakeholders and the public to create the offshore wind Master Plan to determine the most responsible and cost-effective pathways for developing offshore wind energy.

To ensure the economic benefits of offshore wind are shared equitably, in accordance with the CLCPA, frontline communities must be included in the manufacturing, development, and generation of offshore wind power. The law requires 35% of benefits accrue to underserved communities.

New York can lead our nation in developing America’s offshore wind power, which has the potential to meet 90% of total U.S. energy demand by 2050. We’re at the vanguard of a new clean, renewable energy industry that will generate thousands of jobs, create prosperity for our communities, improve our health, and help protect our coastlines.  Offshore wind is essential for a prosperous, healthy, and just future for New York.

Sincerely,

Sincerely,

Members, EOPA-New York

Ricardo AdamsSteven AlpertNicola ArmacostRachel BarnhartCharles Barone
CommisionerVillage TrusteeMayorCounty LegislatorTrustee
Rochester City School DistrictSuffernHastings-on-HudsonMonroe CountySuffern
     
Nancy BarrJoyce BeckerAlessandra BiaggiJohn BouvierBenjamin Boykin II
County LegislatorBoard MemberState SenatorCouncilmemberCounty Legislator
District 6BethlehemDistrict 34SouthamptonWestchester County
     
Philip BoyleNoam BramsonNeil BreslinJabari BrisportKeith Brown
State SenatorMayorState SenatorState SenatorState Representative
District 4New RochelleDistrict 44District 25District 12
     
Chris BurdickEllen CalvesAnn CarvillMickey ClearyDan Coffey
State AssemblymemberSupervisorTown SupervisorLegislatorCouncilor
District 93 BedfordPotsdamAlbany CountyBethlehem
     
Kitley CovillJohn CrawfordJames CreightonJoanne CunninghamMaureen Cunningham
LegislatorAlderpersonCouncilmemberCounty LegislatorTown Board Member
Westchester CountyOlean CortlandtAlbany CountyBethlehem
     
Steven CymbrowitzDeborah DawsonJohn DeerAnthony Del PlatoDoreen Ditoro
State SenatorCounty LegislatorTown CouncilorCommissionerCouncilmember
District 45Tompkins County ManliusInterlaken Board of TrusteesSchenectady
     
Doreen DitoroArnold DruckerBeroro EfekoroRobert ElsnerCatherine Fahey
CouncilmemberLegislatorCounty LegislatorTown CouncilorCouncilmember
SchenectadyNassau CountyAlbany County MassenaAlbany
     
Patricia FahyDelia FarquharsonGinnie FarrellDennis FeeneySamuel Fein
State AssemblymemberCouncilmemberCouncilmemberCounty LegislatorCounty Legislator
District 109Mount VernonAlbanyAlbany CountyAlbany County
     
Elizabeth FeldmanJoel GagnonMichael GodlewskiRichard GottfriedCarolyn Greenwald
CouncilmemberTown SupervisorTown CouncilorState AssemblymemberTrustee
Ossining DanbyGlenvilleDistrict 75Lansing
     
Anthony GriceMitch GruberBeau HarbinRonny HardawayGary Herzig
CouncilmemberCouncilmemberCounty LegislatorDeputy MayorMayor
NewburghRochesterCortlandLansingOneonta
     
Michelle HincheyThomas HoeyRod HoweMarshall HydeAndrew Joyce
State SenatorCouncilmemberSupervisorCouncilorChair
District 46Albany IthacaCorningAlbany County
     
Sara KayeDouglas KoopAnne KoremanLiz KruegerMary Kuhn
CouncilmemberAlderpersonCounty LegislatorState SenatorCounty Legislator
New RochelleKingstonTompkinsDistrict 28Onondaga County
     
Beatriz LeBronLynne LekakisDana LevenbergLaura LewisWarren Lucas
CommissionerLegislatorSupervisorAlderpersonSupervisor
Rochester City School DistrictAlbany County OssiningIthacaNorth Salem
     
Mary LupienMichele MadiganMichael maffeoZohran MamdaniRichard Materese
CouncilmemberCommissionerBorough presidentState SenatorSupervisor
RochesterSaratoga Springsstaten islandDistrict 36 Union
     
Rick MattersShelley MayerDavid MayoGary McCarthyJohn McDonald
CouncilorState SenatorCounty LegislatorMayorState Assemblymember
East GreenbushDistrict 37Colonie CountySchenectadyDistrict 108
     
Matt MillerRamona MonteverdeFrancis MurrayWilliam MurraySarah Nappa
County LegislatorCouncilmemberMayorTrusteeCouncilor
Albany CountyNewburghRockville CentreNew PaltzSouthold
     
Josh NathanJoshua NathanDucson NguyenSteven NobleJoseph OBrien
CouncilmemberCouncilmemberAlderpersonMayorCounty Legislator
RyeRyeIthacaKingstonAlbany County
     
Felix OrtizSteve OtisSylvia OverbyNick PageCatherine Parker
State AssemblymemberState AssemblymemberCouncilorCounty LegislatorCounty Legislator
District 51District 91 East HamptonBeacon/FishkillWestchester County
     
Michael PatinoCarmel PatrickMatthew PeterJohn PolimeniDustin Reidy
Village TrusteeCouncilmemberLegislatorCouncilmemberCounty Legislator
Dobbs FerrySchenectadyAlbany CountySchenectadyAlbany County
     
Bill ReinhardtRobert RestainoBill RicardAngela RileyCarlina Rivera
County LegislatorMayorLegislatorCouncilmemberCouncilmember
Albany CountyNiagara FallsAlbany CountyBinghamtonDistrict 2
     
Thomas RoachMartha RobertsonEdward RomaineMichelle RomanRichard Ruzzo
MayorLegislatorTown SupervisorMayorCounty Legislator
White PlainsTompkins County BrookhavenLockportSchenectady County
     
Richard RyanSusan RyanMary Frances SaboChristopher SchaefferMaryjane Shimsky
CouncilorCounty LegislatorTown Board MemberCouncilmemberCounty Legislator
lagrangeBroome CountyNorth GreenbushFredoniaDistrict 12
     
Ramona SmithFrank SodaSue SteeleArt SterlingAlbert A Stirpe Jr
CouncilorCouncilmemberCouncilmemberCouncilmemberState Assemblymember
RomeNiagara FallsDistrict 3 German FlattsDistrict 127
     
Kathie TalbotAl TaylorFred ThieleRick TouchetteAustin Tylec
CouncilmemberState AssemblymemberState RepresentativeCounty LegislatorAlderperson
PeekskillDistrict 71District 1District 37North Tonawanda
     
David VanLuvenCarole WeaverRobin WiltMark WitmerTom Wood
Town SupervisorCounty LegislatorCouncilmemberSupervisorTown Councilor
BethlehemRensselaer CountyBrightonCaroline Plattsburgh
     
Ken ZalewskiStefani ZinermanGary Zuckerman  
CouncilmemberState AssemblymemberSupervisor  
TroyDistrict 56 Rye 

*Titles reflect elected position at the time of signing.