NY Lawmakers to Review Cuomo’s Environmental Plans

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, left, talks with Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, D-Bronx, before delivering his State of the State address and executive budget proposal at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (L.) talks with Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, D-Bronx, before delivering his State of the State address and executive budget proposal at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center on Jan. 13, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

New York lawmakers are taking a look at Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plans to spend more on the environment through stepped-up land conservation efforts, incentives for renewable energy, and upgrades to water and sewer systems.

The Legislature’s joint budget committee is scheduled to review the Democratic governor’s environmental proposals Thursday in the latest of several scheduled hearings on Cuomo’s $145 billion state budget recommendation.

Cuomo wants to increase the state’s environmental protection fund by $123 million to a total of $300 million. The fund pays for a variety of programs including efforts to conserve land, protect farms, fight invasive species and revive waterfronts.

The governor also wants to set aside $250 million for upgrades to local water and sewer systems around the state, and boost efforts to encourage renewable energy.