Scenic Hudson hails announced boost to Environmental Protection Fund


POUGHKEEPSIE – Governor Cuomo’s announcement on Tuesday that he will pump $300 million into the Environmental Protection Fund as part of his state budget is being hailed by Scenic Hudson.
The environmental organization’s director of Public Policy, Andrew Bicking, said the fund supports clean water, revitalized community waterfronts, protects working farms, creates parks, conserves open space and manages the Hudson River estuary.
“The state’s economy has recovered yet environmental needs, particularly in Hudson River communities, remain great,” Bicking said.  “Throughout the entire region Scenic Hudson and our partners are committed to working with local governments and community organizations to create new access to our waterfronts, safeguard our drinking water, and protect our local farms that nourish us with fresh food and help promote the region’s tourism and recreational economies.”
Bicking said Scenic Hudson is also happy to hear that the governor’s budget proposal will not be sweeping any funds from other environmental programs.