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When: All day
Where: Albany

Help push New York State's Packaging Reduction Act and Bigger Better Bottle Bill over the finish line!

Please join NYPIRG and the New York is NOT Disposable Coalition to meet with your state representatives and rally in Albany to help pass two critical bills – the Packaging Reduction and Recycling Infrastructure Act (S.4246-B/A.5322-B) and the Bigger Better Bottle Bill (S.237/A.6353) – to reduce single-use plastics and increase recycling.

More details, including information about bus transportation between New York City and Albany, can be found on our RSVP form.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, May 8. Thank you!
Deadline: 5 PM on Monday, April 29, 2024

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is responsible for reviewing the Iroquois ExC Project’s applications for expanding their gas compressor stations in the towns of Athens and Dover for compliance with the air pollution regulations and the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Climate Act). The ExC Project would result in additional greenhouse gas emissions, particularly due to downstream greenhouse gas emissions from the end-use combustion of the incremental natural gas capacity, and would facilitate the expanded or continued use of fossil fuels through new infrastructure development. 

Please write a comment to the DEC asking them to deny this request, and to instead prioritize protecting the air quality in New York!

Comments can be submitted via email at All comments must be received no later than 5 PM on April 29, 2024.

Thank you for your help!
Happy Earth Week from NYPIRG!

We are working all across New York State to address large-scale environmental issues that impact all New Yorkers. This Earth Week (and beyond), use these prompts to TAKE ACTION in your local community!

*Use NYPIRG's Representative Finder to find your elected officials and get their contact information.

RSVP for the May 14 New York Is NOT Disposable Rally & Advocacy Day in Albany.

Thank you for your help!
When: 11 AM to 1 PM
Where: Albany, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, New Paltz, Queens, Staten Island & Syracuse

When: 10 AM to 4 PM
Where: Albany

NYPIRG, TREEage, and NY Renews held an exciting day of climate action! We met with our state representatives and made our voices heard for the Climate, Jobs, and Justice Package and Green Healthy Schools.

When: 11 AM to 4 PM
Where: New York State Capitol in Albany

NYPIRG participated in a pivotal day of action and rallied in support of the NY HEAT Act!

We joined environmental activists, advocates, legislative champions, and everyday New Yorkers in Albany to solidify the NY HEAT Act's inclusion in the state budget for cleaner heat and lower bills! Together, we will free New Yorkers from outdated rules forcing us to burn fossil fuels, and move us toward the 100% renewable future we deserve.

When: All day
Where: Albany

NYPIRG students headed to Albany to fight for free public college tuition, better financial aid, more mental health services, and MORE!

After years of stagnant state funding and ever-increasing tuition, it is vital that we not return to the status quo in higher education. New York must usher in a new era that recognizes that investing in higher education boosts racial and economic equity and strengthens our economy. Students from across the state headed to Albany to fight for free and fully funded CUNY and SUNY, more financial aid, and additional class offerings, advisers, and mental health counselors.

When: All day
Where: New York State Capitol in Albany

Make Corporate Climate Polluters Pay!

NYPIRG – along with youth, faith, and environmental groups – joined with legislators to support the Climate Change Superfund Act, which would make Big Oil companies help foot the skyrocketing bill for climate change and resiliency, currently borne by local governments and state taxpayers.

During the news conference, NYPIRG released our video featuring a Long Island homeowner talking about the climate costs burden on taxpayers and the need for Big Oil to pay.


A huge win for New Yorkers!

Governor Hochul signed the Fair Medical Debt Reporting Act, a historic bill that removes medical debt from credit reports. Hunter NYPIRG Student Anthony Calafiura spoke alongside the governor before the signing.

When: 11 AM
Where: Union Square in Manhattan

The NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign rallied for Congestion Pricing NOW!
As the New York City region's population and commerce have grown, so have traffic and gridlock. New York State and City officials, stakeholders, and advocacy groups have conducted numerous studies over the past 45 years to determine the most effective way to address congestion – particularly in the most congested area, the Manhattan Central Business District (CBD). These studies overwhelmingly pointed to congestion pricing as the most effective tool.
Faster buses, cleaner air, and transit improvements are on the horizon! Congestion pricing will not only reduce traffic and cut pollution, it will also raise billions of dollars to fix the aging transit system to improve commutes for transit riders, a majority of whom come from marginalized communities or low-income households. We celebrate the TMRB's recommendations to implement congestion pricing, and call on the MTA to adopt them swiftly to support equitable and reliable mass transit for all of us.
When: 6 to 9 PM
Where: City Winery in Manhattan


That is an incredible testament to the dedication, hard work, and luck that has allowed us to meet the half-century mark. It is quite a milestone – which we marked with the NYPIRG 50th Anniversary Celebration.

The event was a rousing success, and we all had a wonderful time celebrating NYPIRG’s decades of tireless work for the public interest, reconnecting with friends and colleagues from years past, and honoring our 2023 Changemaker Award recipients – including renowned author and activist Jane Fonda!

We are pleased to share these event photos and this commemorative video that highlights NYPIRG's decades of tireless work for the public interest.

Thank you so much to everyone who was involved – our honorees, current and former students and staff, friends, colleagues, and supporters – for your generous support and steadfast commitment to our crucial mission.

Thanks again, and we look forward to the work ahead!
When: 12 PM
Where: Started at West 56th Street and Broadway in Manhattan, proceeded to the United Nations headquarters for a rally

NYPIRG marched to end fossil fuels!

With wildfire smoke choking the air that we breathe, hurricanes and floods threatening our homes, and toxic pollution making us sick, it has never been more urgent to end our dependence on the leading cause of these crises – fossil fuels.

In New York this September, the United Nations gathered world leaders for a first-of-its-kind Climate Ambition Summit to demand that nations stop developing new oil, gas, and coal projects and phase out fossil fuels once and for all. With his recent approvals for mega-polluting fossil fuel projects, President Biden must immediately reverse course to earn his seat at the table. But it will take all of us acting together to make sure that he does!

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New York budget 2024-2025: What’s in it for the Adirondacks  (Adirondak Explorer, April 24, 2024)
New York can help make the world a greener place  (WAMC, April 22, 2024)
Hochul says she's happy with approved New York state budget  (Spectrum News, April 22, 2024)
Put more distance between lawmaking, campaign fundraising  (Albany Times-Union, April 21, 2024)
Four Bills Would Drastically Improve NY’s Freedom of Information Laws  (The Legislative Gazette, April 18)
A Cyberattack Could Make N.Y. State’s Late Budget Even Later  (The New York Times, April 17, 2024)
Starving NY lawmakers resort to eating corndogs amid late-budget pay freeze  (New York Post, April 17, 2024)
New York expected to join multistate system to combat voter fraud  (Newsday, April 16, 2024)
Tuition Assistance Program set to increase as budget deal nears  (Albany Times-Union, April 16, 2024)
Handing Taxpayers The Climate Cleanup Bill  (The Lever, April 16, 2024)
Coming down the home stretch for a higher education budget deal  (WAMC, April 15, 2024)
Exclusive: Environmental, labor groups call for more climate funding in city budget  (City & State, April 15, 2024)
Coalition Of 115 Organizations Urges Governor Hochul To Approve The Fracking Ban  (Harlem World Magazine, April 15, 2024)
Columbia and City College hold second environmental justice summit  (Columbia Spectator, April 14, 2024)
State lawmakers pay suspended as budget talks extend  (Fingerlakes 1, April 13, 2024)
Report: Disadvantaged communities could see millions from proposed Climate Change Superfund Act  (Spectrum News, April 12, 2024)
Budget extenders keep New York's government running; lawmakers' pay on hold  (Spectrum News, April 12, 2024)
Debate on housing causes budget delay  (ABC News 10, April 12, 2024)
NY Legislature approves fourth budget extender  (City & State, April 11, 2024)
Letter: Higher education needs more state funding  (Hudson Valley One, April 10, 2024)
News Archive
NYPIRG reacted to elements of the final state budget, highlighting the "good," the "bad," and the "ugly."
Release: County & Local Elected Officials Join 180+ Organizations to Urge Governor Hochul & Assembly Speaker Heastie to End $265M of Fossil Fuel Subsidies in the Final NYS Budget
Bill to Gut NYC’s Landmark Climate and Jobs Law Slammed as Real Estate Lobby Attack Begins. Proposed Linda Lee bill would eviscerate Local Law 97, which is creating thousands of local jobs, cutting utility bills, and reducing pollution.
Report and Release: Climate Change Superfund Environmental Justice. $1 Billion Potential Scenario of Annual Allocations by Region and County
Report from NYPIRG and NY Renews – On the Backs of New York State Households: The Extreme Costs of Climate Change Impacts Families in Every Region of the State
NYPIRG and Other Transparency Advocates Urge Legislature and Governor to Strengthen Freedom of Information Law for Sunshine Week
Release: Assembly One-House Budget Bill Shows House Rejected Inclusion of Popular “Make Polluters Pay” Climate Change Superfund Act. Organizations Ask: Why Are the Assembly and Governor Shielding Big Oil Climate Polluters Instead of Protecting NYS Taxpayers?
News Release: Youth, Faith & Environmental Groups Join with Legislators to Call for “Make Polluters Pay” Bill Requiring Big Oil to Fund Climate Crisis Costs to be Included in Senate and Assembly One-House Budgets Also: Check out NYPIRG's New Video Illustrating the Need to Make Corporate Polluters Pay
Video Release: Make Polluters Pay!
NEWS RELEASE: NYPIRG Releases “Small Claims, Small Changes: A Survey of Albany Small Claims Court 45 Years Later”
A NYPIRG report documenting a survey of litigants who participated in cases in the City of Albany Small Claims Court in 2021 shows the challenges facing consumers using the system.
NEWS RELEASE: NYPIRG Reacts to Governor Hochul's Budget Plan

Over 300 Business, Civic, Environmental, and Youth Groups Call on Governor Hochul to Modernize State Returnable Container Law (“Bottle Bill”)

Groups Urge Inclusion in the State Budget Due to Need for Enhanced Enforcement and Immediate Action to Increase Current Redeemed Beverage Container “Handling Fee”

NYPIRG Statement on the Passing of Sidney Wolfe, MD, Founder of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group
Today, a coalition of elected officials, youth leaders, and community organizations led by NYPIRG called on Governor Hochul to include the Climate Change Superfund Act in her upcoming budget. The Climate Superfund assesses the largest oil companies for the state's mounting climate-related expenses and does so in a way that protects the public from increased costs.
RELEASE: Another Storm, More Costs to NY Taxpayers: Will Governor Hochul Make Big Oil Pay? A coalition of groups today called on Governor Hochul to make the oil companies pick up the tab for the costs of NY's climate damages after another deadly storm that caused widespread damage to New York State.
NYPIRG and a coalition of environmental organizations and local elected officials today released a review of the climate costs facing New York City and called on Governor Hochul to make the biggest oil companies – not local taxpayers – pay to cover climate damages
NYPIRG Celebrated Its Five Decades of Victories and College Student Empowerment
Author and Activist Jane Fonda, Community Service Society’s David Jones, State Senator Liz Krueger, U.S. Sen. Schumer’s State Director Martin Brennan, and New Deal Strategies’ Camille Rivera Received NYPIRG's “changemaker” Awards
Climate Superfund News Conferences: Taxpayer Tally of Climate Costs Since 8/2022 is $2.7 Billion
NYPIRG Statement on the Death of Ryan Thoresen Carson
Reports & Features Archive