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Continued historic funding for nature in New York

Staff Writer | January 20, 2018
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced continued historic funding level for the Environmental Protection Fund, prioritizing record investments for the third year in a row.
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Empire State   The FY2019 budget
In the FY 2019 Budget, the funding is maintained at $300 million - the highest level of funding in the Environmental Protection Fund's 25-year history.

These major investments continue New York's national environmental leadership, and advance essential projects to protect the state's water, air, and natural resources and help communities capitalize on the economic returns of environmental funding.

Since established in 1993, the EPF has provided critical support to safeguard New York's environment for future generations.

The FY2019 budget authorizes $39 million for solid waste programs, including municipal recycling programs, $86 million for parks and recreation, $154 million for open space programs, and $21 million for climate change mitigation and adaptation programs.

The $300 million funding level is more than double the $134 million dollar EPF the Governor inherited when he took office in 2011.

Recent reports have shown that for every dollar invested in the EPF, $7 is returned in economic benefits.