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SAVE THE DATE: November 29 is Giving Tuesday!

NYPIRG is once again participating in Giving Tuesday – a global day of generosity that unleashes the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world – and we are asking for your help!

Giving Tuesday is the perfect opportunity for you to join our urgent efforts and help us:

  • Fight climate change and government corruption
  • Protect drinking water and consumer rights
  • Improve health care and mass transit
  • Reduce inequality and pollution
  • Promote higher education and voter participation

Your financial support is critical to our continued success, but especially so right now, as state leaders are beginning post-election discussions on next year's agenda. So please return to our homepage on Tuesday, November 29 to donate – or give today!

Thank you so much!

TAKE ACTION TODAY! Urge the governor to include an expanded and modernized Bottle Bill in the proposed FY 2023-2024 Executive Budget.

It was 40 years ago that the highly effective New York State Returnable Container Act, commonly known as the "Bottle Bill," went into effect. 2023 is the time for it to be expanded and modernized! It is now essential that the governor hear from New Yorkers about the state’s continuing solid waste crisis. NYPIRG just launched a petition to demand action on recycling, so PLEASE SIGN TODAY!

The Bigger Better Bottle Bill was recently introduced in the New York State Legislature. This critical bill will increase recycling, reduce solid waste, and boost recycling accessibility. We are calling on the governor to prioritize it in the upcoming Executive Budget.

The state's solid waste crisis is at a critical level and recycling, reuse, and reduction rates must improve or else landfills will fill past capacity and incinerators will continue to spew toxic waste by burning garbage, often into environmental justice communities.

MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD! Sign the petition to the governor today.

Reducing the amount of plastic waste – and waste in general – is a critical way to avoid "doomsday" environmental scenarios. The bill (A.10184/S.9164) to modernize and expand the Bottle Bill will do three main things:

  1. Expand the Bottle Bill to include wine, spirits, hard cider, and most non-carbonated beverages. A deposit system can dramatically reduce litter and solid waste that would otherwise be discarded. Many other states have already added these containers to their laws.
  2. Increase the deposit from 5 cents to 10 cents and use revenues to support recycling equity. States with higher deposit fees have higher redemption rates. Increasing the deposit could also generate more revenues for the state, with those additional funds being used to address limits on redemption options in low-income communities and other litter and solid waste problems.
  3. Boost accessibility. Enforcement of the law is spotty. The update can boost enforcement and expand redemption centers in "food deserts" that limit consumers' ability to redeem their deposits.

Thank you for your help!
Where: Albany, Buffalo, Freeport, Ithaca, Kingston, New York City, Rochester, and Syracuse

Make Polluters Pay!

At rallies all across New York State, NYPIRG joinined the NY Renews coalition to launch the Climate, Jobs & Justice Campaign.

When the state's landmark climate law was passed back in 2019, it was a huge win for the grassroots climate justice movement in New York. But three years after its passage, our hard-fought climate act still is not fully funded. This is a dangerous precedent that we cannot accept.

We are fighting for a package that will build renewable energy for all and protect our communities from extreme weather and pollution – while ensuring that the biggest polluters pay what they owe! Environmental policy priorities include the Climate Change Superfund Act and the Fossil Fuel Subsidies Elimination Act.

Thank you for your help!
When: 1 PM
Where: Chase Bank branch on Broadway and Murray Street in Manhattan

Public Bank NYC gave out "awards" to the worst Wall Street banks – including worst investor in the fossil fuel industry, worst "redliner," worst supporter of luxury housing development, and more!

When: 3 to 6 PM
Where: CUNY Graduate Center's Proshansky Auditorium in Manhattan

On Friday, September 23, NYPIRG – along with Donald Ross’s family, friends, and colleagues – held an event to celebrate his amazing life. It was a great success, and we had a fantastic time proudly honoring Donald, NYPIRG’s first executive director and a true champion for the public interest. We are pleased to share this event program video featuring the lineup of guest speakers and the tribute video that highlighted Donald’s lifetime of hard, visionary work and the incredible, lasting impact that he had on so many.

Special thanks to everyone who was a part of this wonderful celebration!
When: 10:30 AM
Where: Astor Place in Manhattan

2022 Pokey & Schleppie Awards

The NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign and TransitCenter rolled out the red carpet to release our report on the slowest bus and most unreliable bus lines in New York City!

And the "winners" are:

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New York kicks off its new voluntary system of public financing of elections  (WAMC, November 21, 2022)
Advocates Call For Bottle Bill Modernization  (WNY News, November 22, 2022)
Environmental advocates call on Gov. Hochul to modernize the Bottle Bill  (Erie News Now, November 22, 2022)
Advocates call for update to New York's "bottle bill"  (CBS 6 Albany, November 21, 2022)
Why advocates want to expand New York's bottle deposit law  (Spectrum News, November 21, 2022)
NY's ranking in hospital safety grades improves, but far from best in U.S.  (Poughkeepsie Journal, November 21, 2022)
Hochul faces many issues in first full term  (Oneonta Daily Star, November 21, 2022)
CNY advocates push for statewide climate initiatives  (WRVO, November 20, 2022)
Purple Districts, Motivated Voters and Polarizing Issues — Experts Unpack Hudson Valley Election Results  (The Legislative Gazette, November 18, 2022)
Climate organizations raise awareness on campaign addressing climate change  (The Daily Orange, November 17, 2022)
Coalición exige tiempos de espera de trenes y buses no mayores de seis minutos  (El Diario, November 17, 2022)
Gov. Hochul should empower consumers  (New York Daily News, November 16, 2022)
Advocates, lawmakers push for billions in funding to fight climate change  (Spectrum News, November 16, 2022)
Local Organizations Rally for NY Renews Climate Justice Package at Thompson Park  (Ithaca.com, November 16, 2022)
The 2022 election in New York  (WAMC, November 14, 2022)
Let’s do it again: New push for probe of Cuomo’s $5M COVID-19 book deal  (New York Post, November 14, 2022)
Groups urge state ethics watchdog to probe $5M Cuomo book approval, failed policies  (Spectrum News, November 14, 2022)
Where voter turnout dropped, rose in NY and its impact on the 2022 election results  (Spectrum News, November 14, 2022)
Kathy Hochul won election as NY governor. What happens next?  (Newsday, November 12, 2022)
GOP Rep.-elect Mike Lawler on how he defeated Sean Patrick Maloney  (Spectrum News, November 11, 2022)
News Archive
NYPIRG Applauds Passage of Environmental Bond Act, Urges Gov and Lawmakers to Act on Additional Measures
126 Groups Urge Governor & CAC to Support All-Electric Buildings Start in 2024
UPCOMING EVENTS! Securing Our Future: Saving Social Security from the Chopping Block
Watchdogs Ask New Members of Commission on Ethics and Lobbying in Government to Reset Expectations about NYS Ethics Oversight
Groups’ Recommendations Would Improve Enforcement, Transparency, and Training
Reform groups urge the new state ethics commission to get to work this month
NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign and TransitCenter Release 17th Annual Pokey and Schleppie Awards on Bus Performance
Governor Approves Three Steps Toward Meeting Goals of Climate Leadership & Community Protection Act (CLCPA)
NYPIRG Applauds Move and Urges Governor to Sign Cryptocurrency Moratorium Act, and Include All-Electric Building Act and EV Car Charging Station Expansion Bill in 2023 Executive Budget
Policy Close Up: Climate Scorecard 2022
NYPIRG Submits 2022 Climate Action Council Draft Scoping Plan Comments
NYPIRG Releases “Albany Money Machine”
Albany Fundraising Fires up, Despite Pandemic
137 Fundraisers in Albany, or Virtual, or by Leadership During 2022
New “Normal” a Lot Like the Old One
Straphangers Campaign Hosts Bus Lane Painting Party — Celebrate Plans for 20 Miles of New Bus Lanes in 2022
State Court Rules DEC Can Deny Permit on Danskammer Fracked Gas Power Plant as It Undermines NYS's Climate Law
NEW! NYPIRG's updated Legislative Profiles offer New Yorkers a “one-stop” opportunity to conveniently examine publicly-available information on their state legislators.
Tale of the Tape: NYPIRG’S 2022 Legislative Review
Number of Bills that Passed Both Houses Increased
Governor's Use of Emergency "Messages of Necessity" Jumps
NYPIRG reacts to the environmental actions of the 2022 session. The State Legislature passed three major bills in the last days of session which place New York in the national forefront on energy efficient standards, expansion of geothermal renewable energy, union just transition, and hit the appropriate pause button on cryptocurrency mining.
VICTORY! News Release: NYPIRG Celebrates Passage of Right to Repair Bill by NYS Legislature
Release: Mayday Distress Signal for Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act Without Passage of All-Electric Buildings Act this Session
NYPIRG and over 50 other environmental and community organizations call on Governor Hochul and state legislative leaders to make the climate polluters pay. NYPIRG also joined state Senator Krueger and Assemblymember Dinowitz calling for the oil, gas, and coal industries to be held financially liable for the costs of global warming
*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
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