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When: 12 PM
Where: City Hall Park in Lower Manhattan

We took on the fossil fuel industry, and WE WON!

We are excited to share that the New York City Council voted FOR Intro 2317, the #GasFreeNYC bill, on Wednesday, December 15! Thank you for your hard work moving this issue forward. It sets an inspiring precedent for other cities, as well as states including New York, to follow. NYPIRG, along with our coalition partners, had a wonderful time celebrating this incredibly important achievement.

For more information, check out the coalition statement announcing the victory. 

Thank you for your help!
When: 10:30 AM to 12 PM
Where: Corner of East 53rd Street and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan

NYPIRG advocates and students gathered at the New York City Saint Patrick's Day Parade to grab the attention of Governor Hochul and state legislative leaders to call for an immediate ban on gas for new buildings.

When: 11 AM
Where: City Hall in Lower Manhattan
Students to Mayor Adams: Get on Board!

NYPIRG's Straphangers Campaign – along with other transit advocates, students, and elected officials – marked the Mayor's 100th day in office by calling for fast, reliable, accessible, and affordable bus service. We delivered over 1,200 letters endorsing the Student Bus Rider Platform, which calls for the Mayor to:

  • Fully fund the NYC Streets Plan and bus improvements.
  • Expand Fair Fares to college students.
  • Use his bully pulpit to advocate that the MTA institute all-door boarding and permanent OMNY fare capping on buses.

Most New York City college students do not live on campus and rely on City buses to get to classes, jobs, and recreation. Fast, reliable, accessible, and affordable bus service should be available to college students and all New Yorkers. 

When: 12:30 PM
Where: City Hall in Lower Manhattan
NYPIRG – along with other climate activists, elected officials, and students – held a New York City Earth Day news conference and rally to protect Local Law 97, the City's Green New Deal.

Local Law 97 mandates building emissions reductions from large buildings, with reporting, compliance, and fine deadlines coming up in the next year. It is the strongest climate law that tackles building emissions in the nation and a critical step in the fight against climate chaos. But special interests and mega-wealthy real estate tycoons want to paint the law as "unfair." We have to make sure that Mayor Adams fully funds the initiative and does not roll back any parts of the law.

When: 11 AM
Where: Jim DiNapoli Park in Albany
CLIMATE CAN'T WAIT!

Climate activists from all across New York State poured into the capital to tell our Governor and our Legislature that New York State must be a national and global leader in the fight to combat the devastating effects of climate change.

When: 11:30 AM
Where: The Capitol in Albany

Happy 40th birthday to New York's Bottle Bill!

NYPIRG was joined by other advocates and elected officials for a recycling birthday party in support of Assemblymember Steve Englebright and Senator Rachel May’s “Bigger Better Bottle Bill" (A.10184/S.9164), which was introduced 40 years after passage of the first Bottle Bill. The event celebrated the success of the landmark recycling law, and emphasized the need to modernize the law for 40 more years of success.

Make your voice heard today by calling Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to share your support for the BIGGER BETTER BOTTLE BILL!

Sample message:

After 40 years, it is time to update and expand New York’s highly successful container deposit redemption program. It should include wine, spirits, hard cider, and most non-carbonated beverages. The deposit should be increased from 5 cents to 10 cents. Additional revenues should be used to boost enforcement and expand redemption centers in “food desert” communities. I urge you to pass the Bigger Better Bottle Bill (A.10184/S.9164) this session!

Thank you for your help!

TAKE ACTION to combat the climate crisis!
Contact your New York State Assemblymember and Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie and ask them to take action to reduce the state's major source of greenhouse gases by supporting the All-Electric Building Act. As of 2024, all new buildings would be powered with electricity.

As the world recently celebrated the 52nd Earth Day, New York State is at a crossroads. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report resulted in a clarion call from the report’s co-chair:

"It’s now or never, if we want to limit global warming to 1.5°C (2.7°F); without immediate and deep emissions reductions across all sectors, it will be impossible."

The All-Electric Building Act helps transition the state to a fossil-free future.

This common-sense first-step strategy for decarbonizing buildings requires that new buildings are all-electric, starting with smaller buildings in 2024 and larger buildings (seven floors or higher) by 2027 – as New York City did in Local Law 154 of 2021. This landmark bill deploys existing and effective clean energy technologies, such as geothermal heat pumps. It is a climate-smart policy to greatly reduce emissions from buildings.

The All-Electric Building Act, S.6843-B (Kavanagh) and A.8431-A (Gallagher), is grounded in the environmental justice principles at the heart of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) and based on the New York State Climate Action Council recommendations that must be passed this year.

Sample message:

I urge the Assembly to pass the All-Electric Building Act (S.6843-B and A.8431-A) this session. It will power new buildings with electricity starting in 2024. The recent United Nations report tells us that we must take action “now or never” to halve greenhouse gas emissions in the next eight years. This climate justice bill takes a big step in the right direction. We have the know-how and the tools to transition now, using renewable energy such as geothermal heat pumps and solar power.

To take action:

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Donald K. Ross, Leading Public Interest Lawyer, Dies at 78  (The New York Times, May 19, 2022)
Longtime activist, NYPIRG founder Donald K. Ross dead at 78  (Albany Times-Union, May 18, 2022)
Blair Horner discusses how the new maps dramatically re-shape several Congressional races in New York  (Media Sanctuary, May 17, 2022)
Despair about events, or act to change them?  (WAMC, May 16, 2022)
Long Island Groups Call on Governor Hochul to Modernize NY’s Bottle Bill Call for a “Bigger Better Bottle Bill”  (LongIsland.com, May 13, 2022)
State lawmakers debate all-electric building construction  (Spectrum News, May 13, 2022)
New York ranks among worst nationally in hospital safety grades during COVID: Report  (LoHud, May 12, 2022)
Grieving families calling on New York state to recognize wrongful death lawsuits based on emotional loss  (CBS News, May 11, 2022)
For nonprofits, a voice in lobbying is often out of reach due to rules  (Albany Times-Union, May 9, 2022)
How New York is considering ways of easing medical debt  (Spectrum News, May 9, 2022)
Environmental advocacy groups oppose climate bill  (Albany Times-Union, May 9, 2022)
Policy traffic jam in Albany  (WAMC, May 9, 2022)
Crypto Industry Responds After Lawmakers Attack on Environmental Concerns  (New York Sun, May 4, 2022)
Local Law 97: A Breakdown of NYC’s Green New Deal  (BK Reader, May 4, 2022)
Clean Water Advocates urge Hochul to lower proposed levels for PFAS notification/cleanup  (Troy Record, May 3, 2022)
Families of wrongful death victims want right to sue over lost companionship  (Albany Times-Union, May 3, 2022)
'It's About Justice': Hoylman Says Wrongful Death Law Revamp Is Needed to Value Lives  (Law.com, May 3, 2022)
Albany suffers through another political earthquake  (WAMC, May 2, 2022)
Gillibrand Commits to Meet w/Residents on Climate Killing Cryptomining @ Greenidge  (Genesee Sun, April 29, 2022)
Albany loves loopholes: Legislators undermine process of enforcing ethical standards  (NNY 360, April 29, 2022)
News Archive
*UPDATE: NYPIRG will be working with Donald Ross’ family and friends to organize an event celebrating his life. We are planning on the event occurring sometime in the early fall.
NYPIRG, Statewide Groups and Legislators Hold 40th Birthday Party for the “Bottle Bill” Advocates Call on State Legislature to Pass Bill This Session to Expand and Modernize NY’s Most Successful Recycling and Extended Producer Responsibility Law
Donald Ross, 1943-2022 – We are saddened by the loss of Donald Ross, our first executive director and a lifelong, visionary champion for the public interest.
NYPIRG joined with lawmakers and families who have lost loved ones due to others' negligence to urge New York to modernize its Wrongful Death Law. NYPIRG also released results of its survey of state Wrongful Death Laws showing New York at the bottom in terms of recognizing family losses
NYPIRG joined with lawmakers and consumer, health, and food safety organizations to urge passage of legislation to blunt the growing threat of antibiotics resistant infections (aka "superbugs").
217 Groups Call on Legislature to Pass Climate Justice CLCPA Building Bills for Earth Week
NYPIRG calls higher education budget a step forward, but much more needs to be done.
NEW! Fossil-Free Future Campaign: Help Make New York State a Leader in the Fight to Combat Climate Change
NYPIRG Reacts to the Process of State Budget-Making as Well as Democracy Reforms Contained Within the Budget Agreement
Energy & Environment Wins & Losses in 2022 State Budget
Civic Groups Decry Failure of Governor and Legislature to Create Credible Ethics Oversight Body
Reported Budget Agreement Would Lock in JCOPE’s Fatal Flaw: Lack of Independence From the Electeds It Is Supposed to Regulate
Civic Organizations Today Urged Opposition to a Reported Ethics Reform Plan
The Groups Cited a Report From the Albany Times Union Which Described a Plan That Would Establish a New Ethics Watchdog Still Controlled by Political Insiders.
NYPIRG and Other Reform Organizations Today Responded to Reports of Renewed Negotiations Over State Ethics in This Year’s State Budget
The Groups Called on the Governor and State Legislature to Create an Independent Commission to Replace the Failed
Over 160 Environmental and Community Organizations, Recycling Businesses Oppose Extended Producer Responsibility Legislation in the State Budget – Call for Stronger Packaging Legislation and Expansion of Bottle Bill
NYPIRG Announces New Staff
Reactions to Governor Hochul’s FY 2022-2023 Executive Budget
Seventy-five Bottle Redemption Businesses and Distributors Call on Governor Hochul to Expand and Modernize NY's Bottle Deposit Law
Reactions to Governor Hochul's State of the State
Students Petition Gov Hochul for Student Friendly Executive Budget
News Release: Students Petition Gov Hochul for Student Friendly Executive Budget
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