Outreach underway to educate voters on New York’s Clean Water, Clean Air and Green Jobs Bond Act

NORTHPORT, NY — On November 8, voters in New York State will decide on an election measure to address climate change.

The Clean Water, Clean Air and Green Jobs Bond Act is headlining, but many voters tell CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan they know little about Proposition 1.

On the streets of Northport, next to the port, essential to Long Island’s north shore, voter education was underway Wednesday.

Prop 1 on the New York State November Ballot is a $4 billion bond bill.

“How about borrowing money for the environment? McLogan asked a man.

“Oh, absolutely. That could be a fantastic idea,” he said.

“When we bring together the labor community, the business community and the environmental community, it should tell voters that it’s a no-brainer,” said Matthew Cohen of the Long Island Association.

“I would like to know more about how the money is spent,” one person said.

Prop 1 money will go to:

  • Protect drinking water,
  • Preserve free space,
  • Fight against climate change and floods,
  • Develop sewage infrastructure,
  • And preserve wetlands.

“Was it difficult for both parties to meet in Albany? McLogan asked Republican state senator Mario Mattera.

“No, it wasn’t,” he said. “It becomes bipartisan because everyone cares about the environment.”

If the bond law is approved, the state will be able to borrow money and issue demand proposals for the works.

“This is low interest financing that will be paid back for many decades,” MP Keith Brown said. “It hasn’t been done for 30 years.”

It will include green energy initiatives.

“Four point two billion dollars isn’t really going to get us into debt…So it’s a really good opportunity to make a smart investment,” Sen. Alexis Weik said.

The Citizens’ Campaign for the Environment takes its education campaign to the streets.

“Drinking water isn’t free, but it’s critically important, and so we need the public to turn in their ballots on November 8 and that will be Proposition 1,” said the executive director of organization, Adrienne Esposito.

Supporters tell picky voters the environmental nexus is necessary and overdue to sustain our state.

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