Sustainable Westchester Commends Member Municipalities for their Support of the Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Bond Act
Authored By: Lauren Kroell
On November 8th, New Yorkers will cast their votes in the 2022 midterm elections. Although this election – just like any other – is crucially important in exercising your right to choose who will represent you, your ballot will also include a once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve quality of life for all New Yorkers.
The Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Bond Act (“the Bond Act”) is a crucial piece of legislation that will set aside $4.2 billion for upgrading aging and unsafe infrastructure, retrofitting buildings to be more energy efficient, expanding green space, and advancing environmental justice efforts. The Bond Act is expected to support the creation of over 84,000 jobs statewide and improve public health by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and water pollution. Its passage would reinforce New York State’s standing as a national leader in climate action and secure widespread, community-level benefits for present and future generations to come.
In response to the Bond Act’s feature on the November 8th ballot, many resolutions have been passed in support of its enactment – including by the Westchester County Board of Legislators affirming their support for the Bond Act on October 3rd, 2022. Sustainable Westchester applauds the BOL’s efforts to put the public first and amplify the Bond Act’s importance to society.
Westchester County also offered an informational campaign reminding residents to “Flip it Over” and vote on Proposition One: The Environmental Bond Act. Latimer said: “While we are not advocating for how you vote, it is vital that you make your voice heard and do vote. It is easy to miss this referendum on the reverse side of your ballot, so when voting this year remember to ‘Flip it Over.’”
County Director of Energy & Sustainability Peter McCartt said: “Our planet is facing a crisis the likes of which we have never seen before and the results of this vote will have a large impact on how our State responds. Flip it over. Vote. Make your voice heard.”
Sustainable Westchester would like to highlight the following Westchester municipalities for passing resolutions in support of the Bond Act:
- Village of Hastings-on-Hudson: passed by the Mayor and Board of Trustees on 10/11/22. (Source)
- Town of Ossining: passed by the Town Board on 9/13/22. (Source)
- Town of Bedford: passed by Town Board on 8/16/2022. (Source)
- Village of Croton-on-Hudson: passed by the Board of Trustees on 10/3/2022. (Source)
- Town of Mamaroneck: passed by the Town Board on 10/3/2022. (Source)
- Town of Greenburgh: passed by the Town Board on 10/12/2022. (Source)
- Village of Larchmont: passed by the Board of Trustees on 10/3/2022. (Source)
- Town of North Salem: passed by the Town Board on 10/25/2022 (Source)
- Town of New Castle: passed by the Town Board on 10/25/2022 (Source)
- Village of Ossining: passed by the Board of Trustees on 9/21/2022. (Source)
- City of New Rochelle: passed by the City Council on 10/12/2022. (Source)
- Village of Pelham: passed by the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, and Board of Trustees on 10/11/2022. (Source)
- Scarsdale Towns: passed by the Village Board on 10/25/2022 (Source)
- Village of Mamaroneck: passed by the Board of Trustees on 10/11/2022 (Source)
- Village of Ardsley: passed by the Board of Trustees on 10/3/2022 (Source)
- Village of Rye Brook: passed by the Board of Trustees on 10/25/2022
- Rye Town: passed by Town Council on 10/20/202 (Source)
- Town of Pound Ridge: passed by the Town Board on 10/11/2022 (Source)
*As of November 2, 2022 please note that this may not be a complete list. If your municipality should be added, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
These resolutions cited common needs to enhance natural resource protection, modernize transportation and water-related infrastructure, ensure safeguards against extreme weather events, and accelerate pollution reduction – all of which can be realized through the Bond Act’s passage.
Sustainable Westchester joins these municipalities in calling on all voters to flip the ballot on November 8th and vote YES for the Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Bond Act.
If you want to take action, here are some ways to show your support:
- Take the pledge to Vote YES on Prop 1 on the Bond Act Coalition’s website.
- Have your organization join the Bond Act Coalition.
- Follow @NYBondAct on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for posts + graphics to reshare.
- Contact Sustainable Westchester at (914) 242-4725 x122 to learn about materials available for distribution (including lawn signs, palm cards and more).