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When: 6 to 9 PM
Where: City Winery in Manhattan

We hope that you can join us for this milestone to support NYPIRG, reconnect with friends and colleagues from years past, and get involved with our urgent issues and campaigns.

More information and ticket sales will be coming soon (keep an eye on our event webpage,, but here are the initial details:

City Winery

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We look forward to celebrating with you!
When: 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Where: The Park Church, 208 West Gray Street, Elmira, NY 14901

People for a Healthy Environment presents "The Future Ain't What It Used to Be"Developing Resilience Through a Healthy Environment (co-sponsored by NYPIRG)!

Please join us for this symposium, which will include workshops and guest speakers, including former Secretary of Labor and co-founder of Inequality Media, Robert ReichVisit the event website to view the full program and register to attend.

We hope to see you there!
When: Dates and times vary by location.
Where: Albany, the Hudson Valley (virtual), Ithaca, New York City, Rochester & Syracuse

After the New York State budget passed – including a huge environmental victory – NYPIRG and our coalition partners held climate action events to keep the momentum going!

Thanks to your support and many others, New York passed a first-in-the nation law requiring new buildings to be built all-electric. This law will cut climate pollution from buildings, save New Yorkers money on utility bills, improve public health, and create new, green jobs.

Now, with the rest of the 2023 state legislative session scheduled to wrap up in early June, we are fighting to improve environmental protection policies to:

  • Hold corporate climate polluters accountable.
  • Save New Yorkers money.
  • Stop the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure.
We held these exciting environmental events to help pass these bills into law:

Tuesday, May 23, 2023: Rally and Lobby Day for NY HEAT Act in Albany

The NY HEAT Act protects New Yorkers from rising energy costs and creates a real plan to replace the gas system with cheaper, cleaner heating and cooling. We held a news conference and lobby day:

  • Tuesday, 5/23/2023
  • 12 PM
  • New York State Capitol Building, 50 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12224

Thursday, May 25, 2023: Regional News Conferences and Rallies for Climate, Jobs & Justice in Albany, the Hudson Valley (virtual), Ithaca, New York City, and Rochester

New York State must pass the Climate, Jobs & Justice Package to rapidly decarbonize New York, make our state healthier and more equitable, ensure a just transition for workers, and create an accessible green economy for all, including passage of the Climate Change Superfund Act to require corporate climate polluters to foot the bill for climate impacts, not taxpayers.

Friday, May 26, 2023: News Conference to Support the Climate Change Superfund Act in New York City

While the oil and gas industry is getting richer on a scale never seen before, the costs to deal with the climate crisis continue to grow. The Climate Change Superfund Act requires the companies most responsible for greenhouse gas emissions to pay for the massive infrastructure improvements and public health protections that the climate crisis demands.

  • Friday, 5/26/2023
  • 10 AM
  • South Street Seaport in Manhattan

Friday, May 26, 2023: News Conference to Support the NY HEAT Act in Syracuse

We held a news conference with local elected officials for the NY HEAT Act:

  • Friday, 5/26/2023
  • 10:30 AM
  • Outside of the State Office Building, 333 East Washington Street, Syracuse, NY 13202
Thank you for your help!
When: 12:30 PM
Where: City Hall Park in Manhattan

NYPIRG – along with our coalition partners and college students – rallied to tell Mayor Adams NO CUTS TO CUNY!!! Students need more advisors, mental health services, full-time professors, opportunity programs, and free in-state tuition! No more band-aids and budget cuts!

When: All day
Where: State Capitol in Albany

NYPIRG and Beyond Plastics, in coalition with dozens of other organizations, gathered at the New York State Capitol for a rally and advocacy day to push for the passage of the Packaging Reduction and Recycling Infrastructure Act (A5322/S4246) and the Bigger Better Bottle Bill (A6353/S237).

When: 11 AM to 3:30 PM
Where: State Capitol in Albany

NYPIRG and our coalition partners lined the halls in Albany to tell the Legislature that we need to KICK FOSSIL FUELS OUT OF BUILDINGS!

The fossil fuel industry is flooding the airwaves and social media with ads full of disinformation meant to scare people from taking climate action. The truth is that fossil fuel use in buildings is getting more costly for our pocketbooks, our health, and for the planet. NYPIRG pushed the Legislature to enact vital new laws to save New Yorkers money, fight childhood asthma, create jobs in clean energy, and slash climate emissions.

When: All Day
Where: State Capitol in Albany

NYPIRG's, the NY Renews coalition, and youth from across the state came together for lobby visits, a rally, and a training in support of the Climate, Jobs & Justice Package, which would make New York State healthier and more equitable, ensure a just transition for workers, and help create a clean-energy economy for all.

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!
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Despite Hochul’s Vow, Her Policies Have Indirectly Aided Husband’s Firm  (The New York Times, May 28, 2023)
Brooklyn Women's Bar Association hosts seminar on security deposits  (Brooklyn Daily Eagle, May 25, 2023)
How to Save a Community College The City University of New York has long exemplified the teeming possibilities of higher education - Now its devotees are fighting for its survival.  (The New Republic, May 25, 2023)
Will Albany protect voters from illness?  (WAMC, May 22, 2023)
Group asks DEC why it reversed Seneca Energy non-compliance claim  (Finger Lakes Times, May 20, 2023)
Bill to make Big Oil pay $3 billion annually for NY’s climate costs gains support  (Gothamist, May 19, 2023)
As Supreme Court tosses political corruption convictions, debate rages over who's at fault  (Newsday, May 19, 2023)
Will a pandemic-era absentee ballot provision return?  (Spectrum News, May 18, 2023)
Proposed New York law puts big oil on hook for climate change  (Spectrum News, May 17, 2023)
Hochul’s climate law fumble roils budget talks  (Politico, May 16, 2023)
State DEC, Toxic Landfill in Cahoots? You be the Judge.  (Niagara Falls Reporter, May 16, 2023)
New York State can protect tropical forests  (WAMC, May 16, 2023)
Fear of COVID-19 no longer a valid reason to get them  (Newsday, May 14, 2023)
Hochul Gambled On A Late Budget; Did It Pay Off?  (Gotham Gazette, May 11, 2023)
N.Y. lawmakers push legislation to close ethical loopholes before session ends  (Spectrum News, May 10, 2023)
Albany wraps up budget, sprints to end of session  (WAMC, May 8, 2023)
Hochul’s late budget strategy seems like it worked  (City & State, May 8, 2023)
NY greenlights gas ban for new buildings. What does that mean for gas stoves?  (, May 8, 2023)
NY greenlights gas ban for new buildings. What does that mean for gas stoves?  (Democrat & Chronicle, May 8, 2023)
Budget breakdown: Details on late State budget  (My Twin Tiers, May 5, 2023)
News Archive
Congressmen Goldman and Nadler joined with NYS legislators, NYPIRG and other advocates to call on Albany leadership to make corporate climate polluters pay
Video – Disinformation: The Fossil Fuel Industry's Campaign to Undermine New York's Climate Act
VICTORY! NYPIRG Celebrates First in the Nation Law to Electrify New Buildings
Statement: NYPIRG Reacts to Gov Hochul Leaving Climate Change Superfund Out of the Budget
As Albany Negotiates a State Budget, NYC College Students Call for Free and Reduced Price Transit Fares for Education Access
Faith Leaders, Environmentalists, Senators: New York Needs to Show The Nation How to Tackle Climate Catastrophe - Groups Urge Albany Lawmakers to Include Green Power, Big Oil Superfund in Final Budget
NYPIRG REACTS TO ONE-HOUSE BUDGET BILLS – This week, both houses released their "one house" budget bills. Now lawmakers' attention will turn to negotiating differences. Here are key policy areas where NYPIRG has advocated and for which the Governor, the Senate, and the Assembly have established budget positions.
Release: New York’s Tobacco Control Efforts are “Up In Smoke” Due to Shrinking State Support
Report: Up In Smoke: Billions from Tobacco Use, Pennies for New York’s Tobacco Control
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Top Big Oil Corporations Announce Record $215 Billion 2022 Profits – New Yorkers Tell Albany Leaders: Make Climate Polluters Pay!
NYPIRG and New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness Release Policy Paper on Economic Benefits of Higher Education
NYPIRG Reacts to the Governor's 2023-2024 Executive Budget
Statewide Poll Finds New Yorkers Strongly Support “Bottle Bill” Program Expansion
150 Organizations Call on Governor to Include Modernized “Bottle Bill” in Budget
Advocates to Governor Hochul: Make "greedy" oil companies pay for climate damages! In Albany, standing in the shadow of a giant inflatable pig, a coalition of environmentalists called on the governor to make the world’s largest oil companies pay for the staggering infrastructure costs of dealing with climate change. The groups estimated that those costs could total $100 billion in New York over the next decade, with more expenses as the world’s climate worsens.
Ahead of the 2023 State of the State, more than 200 groups released a letter sent to Governor Hochul urging her to make big oil companies, not taxpayers, financially responsible for the growing climate damages facing the state.
Environmental & Climate Groups Urge Governor to Sign Right to Repair Bill
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NYPIRG Statement on Climate Action Council’s Approval of Its Scoping Plan
NYPIRG Reacts to Independent Redistricting Commission Proposed Assembly Boundaries
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