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When: 11 AM to 3 PM
Where: New York State Capitol in Albany
New York's families cannot wait another year for cleaner heat and lower bills!

Join NYPIRG – along with the Renewable Heat Now Campaign and NY Renews – for a news conference and lobby day calling on the New York State Assembly to join the state Senate in passing the NY HEAT Act before the end of this legislative session.

We hope to see you there!
When: All day
Where: Albany

NYPIRG and the New York is NOT Disposable Coalition met with state legislators and rallied to help pass two critical bills – the Packaging Reduction and Recycling Infrastructure Act and the Bigger Better Bottle Bill – to reduce single-use plastics and increase recycling.

Where: *for New York City residents

Voting has officially begun for The People’s Money, so VOTE TODAY!

NYPIRG is proud to be partnering with the New York City Civic Engagement Commission (CEC) to get out the vote for The People's Money, the annual citywide Participatory Budgeting initiative where community members decide how to spend part of the city's budget.

Until June 12, 2024, New York City residents ages 11 and older, regardless of immigration status, can vote on how to spend $3.5 million of the city budget to address community needs. Each resident will vote on projects that are specific to their borough.

Last year, in the first People’s Money process, New Yorkers voted to fund 46 expense projects for a total of $5 million. The projects address a wide range of community needs, including mental health, food safety, youth programming, skills building, and arts. To learn more about the process, visit

How to Vote by June 12th:

Voting online is easy. The online ballot is available in English and 13 additional languages. Visit and follow these instructions:

  1. Enter your home ZIP Code in order to get the ballot for your borough.
  2. *Enter "NYPIRG" as your "partner code."
  3. Enter your cell phone number, which will be used to send you an SMS code to access a ballot and ensure one vote per person.
  4. Once you are presented with your ballot, take some time to read each project description. You must cast at least one vote, but you can vote for as many projects as you would like.
  5. Once you "submit votes," there is an optional demographic survey. Hit "submit" at the bottom of that page, then you are done!

Thank you for voting! The winning projects will be announced this summer.
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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Legislative labyrinth: The slow march toward consensus on environmental issues  (Adirondack Explorer, May 17th, 2024)
NY Gov. Hochul Commits $300M For Climate Resilience; Silent on Pending Legislation To Make Polluters Foot the Bill  (Food and Water Watch, 5/17/24)
Lawmakers make another run at protecting tropical rainforests  (WAMC, May 13, 2024)
Appellate court agrees that state ethics commission is unconstitutional  (City & State, May 9, 2024)
Recycling groups say the enemy is plastic. Will NY lawmakers act to combat waste 'crisis'?  (, May 8, 2024)
Bill would double bottle deposits to 10 cents, raise handling fees  (Albany Times-Union, May 7, 2024)
NY bottle recyclers rally for raises in Albany. Why they say they're in peril  (Democrat & Chronicle, May 7, 2024)
Recycling industry, bottle collectors, environmentalists call for updates to Bottle Bill  (, May 6, 2024)
Voting on college campuses could make a difference in November  (WAMC, May 6, 2024)
NYS Legislature to weigh social media harm, climate change as session nears end  (Newsday, May 4, 2024)
NY hospital safety ranking rises nationally. Check your local hospital's grade  (Democrat & Chronicle, May 3, 2024)
New York again aiming for packaging EPR  (Resource Recycling, May 3, 2024)
How does environmental policy become law? Register for May 15 panel discussion  (Albany Times-Union, May 1, 2024)
Another of New York's biggest environmental threats  (WAMC, 4/29/24)
Climate change measures dropped from NYS budget amid heavy lobbying  (Newsday, April 26, 2024)
Battles over natural gas, climate measures to continue at Capitol  (Albany Times-Union, April 25, 2025)
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)
News Archive
A statewide coalition representing hundreds of community, environmental, labor, and religious groups today applauded state Senate approval of the Climate Change Superfund Act, which requires Big Oil to cover New York's climate damages – not taxpayers. The groups urged swift action in the state Assembly. The majority of Assemblymembers are sponsors of the legislation.
News Release on NYPIRG's Recent Victory Expanding Financial Aid for Low-Income Patients
Environmental, community, and business groups representing 300 New York organizations today held a press conference to urge state lawmakers to include the "Bigger, Better, Bottle Bill" (S.237B/A6353A) as a "must do" priority for the end of session
NYPIRG Statement on Start of Congestion Pricing
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.
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