For the November 3, 2020 General Election, New York State voters will see candidates running for the following roles:
New York State Senate (candidates vary by Districts)
New York State Assembly (candidates vary by Districts)
Ballot Measure: New York Environment and Climate Change Projects Bond Measure (2020)
Some New York voters will also see:
U.S. House of Representatives (candidates vary by Districts)
New York State Supreme Court (candidates vary by Districts)
What is a ballot measure? A ballot measure is a piece of proposed legislation to be approved or rejected by voters. Ballot measures are also known as "propositions" or simply "questions."
Why do I have to vote on this? The New York Constitution (Section 11 of Article VII) requires that bond issues, with exceptions, go before voters for approval or rejection.
What is the New York Environment and Climate Change Projects Bond Measure (2020)? This piece of proposed legislation would issue $3 billion in funds for environment, natural resources, water infrastructure, and climate change projects across the state. Revenue that generates from the bond would:
assist with flood risk reduction and shoreline restoration projects;
support projects designed to mitigate the impacts of climate change, such as green buildings, carbon sequestration, habitat restoration, reduce or eliminate air and water pollution;
aid land conservation and recreation plans, programs, and projects, and fish hatcheries;
fund projects addressing wastewater, sewage, and septic infrastructure, lead service line replacement, stormwater runoff reduction, and harmful algae blooms;
require that the department make every effort practicable to ensure that 35% of the bond revenue is used to benefit environmental justice communities (EJCs). The ballot measure defines EJCs as "minority or low-income [communities] that may bear a disproportionate share of the negative environmental consequences resulting from industrial, municipal, and commercial operations or the execution of federal, state, local, and tribal programs and policies.
How will the measure be worded on my ballot? "To address and combat the impact of climate change and damage to the environment, the Environmental Bond Act of 2020 "Restore Mother Nature" authorizes the sale of state bonds up to three billion dollars to fund environmental protection, natural restoration, resiliency, and clean energy projects. Shall the Environmental Bond Act of 2020 be approved?"
What does it mean if I vote "yes"? A "yes" vote supports the bond measure to issue $3 billion in general obligation bonds for projects related to the environment, natural resources, water infrastructure, and climate change mitigation.
What does it mean if I vote "no"? A "no" vote opposes the bond measure to issue $3 billion in general obligation bonds for projects related to the environment, natural resources, water infrastructure, and climate change mitigation.
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