Environmentalists Happy With DEC Budget

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Environmental groups in New York are generally pleased with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed $143 billion 2013-14 budget, noting that it increases the fund that supports myriad environmental initiatives.

After years of budget and staffing cuts, Cuomo's plan maintains current agency funding and staffing levels.

A coalition of groups called Friends of New York's Environment said Wednesday it was happy that Cuomo included a $153 million investment for the state's Environmental Protection Fund.

That's a $19 million increase over last year's level, with the additional money coming from unclaimed returnable bottle deposits.

Under Cuomo's plan, the Department of Environmental Conservation would get $40 million from the New York Works capital program.

The overall DEC budget proposed by Cuomo is $897.8 million.

Thursday, July 31, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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